Squirrels are jerks.

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This WAS a pot of pansies that I have managed to keep alive for almost a month! A record for me, someone who would be considered a "black thumb." Every two days, I've been giving Grace a cup of water and she has skipped out of the front door to water her "flouh-lers". And they flourished and I thought, "Wow. Post-motherhood, I have reformed! I can keep plants alive!"

And then we opened the front door this morning to a scene that looked like someone had set off a grenade in a pile of dirt.

A squirrel-shaped grenade.

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My neighbor recommends cayenne pepper. I have yet to use it on my pansies...and
the squirrels? They mock me.

Cayenne, yes. Also some salt, black pepper, garlic, and paprika. And flour, of course. Dredge 'em, fry 'em up, make some red-eye gravy and cornbread.

(... What?)

My window boxes don't have anything in 'em, and recently one of the fluffy-tailed rats planted a bagel in it. A bagel. I *ask* you.

I've been told blood meal helps. Problem is you have to keep putting it on as the rain washes it away.

I'm sorry - that title made me burst out laughing. He made a mess...but you know you were giggling when you swept it up...thinking "this'll make for an awesome blog post!".

My squirrels are connoisseurs of anything newly-planted. They routinely dig up my window boxes and planters, but usually it's the new items that grab their attention. (Of course, by merely typing that, I'll have angered the squirrel gods and they shall seek vengeance.)

I've yet to have one completely empty a container. Dare I suggest that this was another urban creature, the raccoon?

But, blood meal does work. It only lasts a short while, but it does completely deter them.

This is e-x-a-c-t-l-y the reason the window boxes on my back porch have 1/2" opening hardware cloth over them. It's wrapped around the box and secured firmly under the box hangers. I've cut flaps over the soil that I fold up for planting, and carefully fold back around the plant stems. If you have something that has fine stems/leaves, it'll grow right through the hardware cloth, and you won't see that it's there.

Last summer, when I installed this, was the first time in years that I wasn't picking my plants off the ground and replanting them on a daily basis. I may be jinxing myself, but so far, the squirrels haven't figure out how to use wire cutters to get through to the soil.

And let me tell you, watching the squirrels figure out that they couldn't get through to the soil was truly satisfying.

Squirrels are evil. I have the same battle every spring til my flowers really take root. And I wont even go into my battles with them over the birdfeeder. Finally I spent Stupid Money on a squirrel-proof birdfeeder and it was the best investment ever.

BUT...I have been told that if you put cayenne pepper on flowers, the squirrels will get it in their eyes, and then scratch their own eyes out. I have no idea if this is true. But just the idea of it appalls me and I just couldnt do it.

We used to have a horrible time with squirrels digging anything we cared about. I tried all sorts of things - right down to a BB gun (don't worry, i didn't kill them, today BB guns barely leave welts - and take out eyes I guess).
What worked best for us in the end is to feed the little buggers. All digging stopped. I went on the zoo theory, you know, where you go to the zoo and there is a big tank of sharks and other fish and you wonder why they don't eat each other? Because they are lazy. Someone feeds them. Good news too - squirrels are territorial and will protect their own food source. So now we feed them and they don't bury things, they don't dig things up. Its nice.

little buggers!

I would like to start my own blog one day. This was a really nice blog that you made here. Keep up the success :P

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