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Sat Apr 8, 2017, 02:52 PM

Ok DU Gardeners. How do I keep the squirrels from eating my tulips?

There is plenty of sunflower seed around, but they break off a tulip, take a few bites and then decide they don't taste that great. Any way to keep them away?

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Reply Ok DU Gardeners. How do I keep the squirrels from eating my tulips? (Original post)
FSogol Apr 2017 OP
Squinch Apr 2017 #1
spooky3 Apr 2017 #2
Xipe Totec Apr 2017 #9
Nitram Apr 2017 #10
Xipe Totec Apr 2017 #11
Nitram Apr 2017 #16
Xipe Totec Apr 2017 #17
Nitram Apr 2017 #18
Xipe Totec Apr 2017 #19
Nitram Apr 2017 #20
CrispyQ Apr 2017 #3
NutmegYankee Apr 2017 #15
BeekeeperInVermont Apr 2017 #4
cilla4progress Apr 2017 #5
FSogol Apr 2017 #22
SeattleVet Apr 2017 #6
hedda_foil Apr 2017 #7
SeattleVet Apr 2017 #14
OregonBlue Apr 2017 #8
teezy Apr 2017 #12
pansypoo53219 Apr 2017 #13
FSogol Apr 2017 #21
Botany Apr 2017 #23

Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 02:57 PM

1. Little assholes. They did the same to my begonias last year.

I yell at them, but they just yell back.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 02:58 PM

2. I've read that some types of peppers discourage them.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #9)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 04:16 PM

10. It's dumb to consume capsaicin? You don't know what amazing cuisines of the world

you are missing!

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #11)

Sun Apr 9, 2017, 05:04 PM

16. I'm not sure why you think you have more experience with peppers than I. I'll write that off as

more bombast. I'm into flavor, not pain. Spent a lot of time in West Africa, Thailand and India.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #17)

Mon Apr 10, 2017, 02:57 PM

18. Ah, but the old world found various and wonderous new culinary uses for our wonderful peppers.

I'll repeat: it's not how hot they are, it's about how they taste in combination with other ingredients.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #19)

Mon Apr 10, 2017, 03:05 PM

20. Keep in mind that you wrote, "Only humans are dumb enough to consume them."

I can't let such an idiotic statement pass.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 03:07 PM

3. I've grown tomatoes for years without any problem.

Last year, the squirrels got almost every one! They would take one bite & leave it on the ground. I found one tomato on a fence post, a couple of bites taken out of it. Little shits. They've never done this before. ???

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #3)

Sun Apr 9, 2017, 08:15 AM

15. They do that in drought conditions.

I lost two Pink Brandywines that way.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 03:25 PM

4. There's a product I used to keep deer from eating my plants

called "Plantskydd" and it is made for a variety of different annoying animals including small rodents. It comes as a powder that you sprinkle on and around the plant, also as a liquid spray and is certified organic if that matters to you. Although I never actually saw deer eat my plants, the damage to leaves was consistent with deer nibbling. The stuff seemed to work: the plants put out new foliage and I didn't see any more damage.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 03:31 PM

5. I don't know if it works yet but

I made a concoction of garlic powder, hot red pepper, egg (to make it adhere) and water. Spray it around the tulips. Friend told me about it.

In the past I was successful with shaved Irish Spring soap, but it seems the deer got used to it.

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Response to cilla4progress (Reply #5)

Mon Apr 10, 2017, 03:14 PM

22. I'll try this one first. Thanks. n/t

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 03:36 PM

6. Eat the squirrels?

Really good in a stew, or fried. I used to like to put them in the slow cooker with some herbs and a little garlic.

Also excellent with dumplings - squirrel and dumplings instead of chicken.

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Response to SeattleVet (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 03:41 PM

7. Don't they taste a little fuzzy when you cook them?

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Response to hedda_foil (Reply #7)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 05:30 PM

14. No...

sort of like mildly-flavored beef. Unless it's a red squirrel that lives in pine forests; they taste a little like they are already seasoned with rosemary.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 03:44 PM

8. I sprinkle with ground Cayanne pepper. I order it by the gallon on ebay. It's cheap. Comes in a big

sprinkle jar and I put it all over my bloomers. Squirrels hate it and so do the deer. I also put it around the perimeter of my lawn since every cat in the neighborhood had started pooping in my nice beds. They sniff it once and they don't come back. Just don't use too much. You don't want to hurt them. Just teach them your lawn is not a fun place to be.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 04:46 PM

12. Bulbs are something I am just getting into

I read online that the reason squirrels dig up bulbs is because when they see fresh soil, they assume some type of food has just been buried. They don't actually like bulbs, which is why they take a bite and leave it... but they rummage through trying to find whatever it is that's been buried, and in the process ruin your garden.

The solution I've seen over and over, which I'll be doing very soon, is to dig up the area you want to plant and lay chicken wire or something like that down. Bury it, plant the bulbs, and then put another layer of chicken wire on the top and bury it. The tulips will grow through the chicken wire. And then according to a youtube video I watched, cover it with mulch so the squirrela don't see the turned up soil.

Gotta say, they never disrupted my garden beds when I mulched them. Nervous to try, but hopefully it works.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Sat Apr 8, 2017, 05:01 PM

13. plant daffodils. we keep getting gifts from squirrels. we had a new crocus.

i think the alliums were all squirrel gifts. they GAVE us a lot of alliums. moved them + not stolen again. gotta check. think squirrels gave us tulips. they do not like daffodils.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Apr 10, 2017, 03:13 PM

21. Thanks for the replies everyone. I'll try a few of these. n/t

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Tue Apr 11, 2017, 03:57 AM

23. moth balls that are crushed up.

n/t

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