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Post  Doel on 6/10/2015, 12:57 pm

This is my first year using a raised bed and I have discovered that gray squirrels love to dig in this loose soil, uproot plants, bury plants, and break stems. 

I've tried hanging cds (worked for 4 days), coyote urine (didn't work), blood meal fertilizer (didn't work), chili powder and pepper spray (didn't work), rubber snakes (didn't work), and trapping (didn't work, they wouldn't touch anything on the pressure plate??).

Does anyone have any suggestions aside from physically fencing off each bed?  They seem to love to kill my pepper plants, I had 12 and they killed 7.  I grow from seeds and half my peppers are wayy behind now, I need to protect them if I can.
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Post  Razed Bed on 6/10/2015, 1:27 pm

We had a little success taking broken and sharp pieces of former clay pots and setting them in the squares in spikes.  You have to frequently reset them when they are knocked over, and you have to take care that you don't stab yourself with them when you are working.

Last year, I successfully caught more than a dozen in my havahart traps, and I moved them to the park, but all that did was bring in a new batch of squirrels.

You might try feeding them with as much fattening food as they can handle and serve it as far away from your garden as possible. 


Good luck; squirrels are worthy competitors.

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Post  camprn on 6/10/2015, 1:29 pm

I have laid boards across the bed between the plants to discourage the behavior. For the most part it worked. It was a temporary measure and I took the boards up after about a week or so: the squirrels changed the behavior and found someplace else to bury things.

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Post  llama momma on 6/10/2015, 2:29 pm

Doel wrote:Does anyone have any suggestions aside from physically fencing off each bed?
I'm not sure in the long term how well the animal water spray sensors work. That's the only other method I know of. 

Lets talk about fencing anyway... I've been square foot gardening for 5 years and use critter covers every year, every bed. 
No critter damage, no poo or urine smells in the beds.  This area has skunks, bunnies, raccoons, my barn cats, other visiting cats, coyote, deer, squirrels, and a ground hog that lives under the nearby shed.  
I can claim 100% protection from critters so far.  I would love to walk up to a bed and not stop to first lift off a cover, do my thing, then have to put it back on for all ten beds.  But I enjoy damage free results even more.  Side note, many cats shed the parasite for toxoplasmosis in their poo and that would make me pause to eat food from that bed....
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Post  walshevak on 6/10/2015, 6:22 pm

And squirrels love to pick ripening tomatoes and take a bite then throw on the ground.  Also they break the vines jumping in and out of the trellis.

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Post  GloriaG on 6/10/2015, 9:48 pm

I put some of this plastic safety fence flat on the ground around the plants.  Squirrels didn't like it. Only had to use it for one season so far. 


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Post  sanderson on 6/11/2015, 12:49 am

Doel, Welcome to the Forum from California! glad you\'re here

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 6/11/2015, 8:07 am

GloriaG wrote:I put some of this plastic safety fence flat on the ground around the plants.  Squirrels didn't like it. Only had to use it for one season so far. 



We use that for the rabbits too.  Haven't had any problems so far...
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Post  Kelejan on 6/11/2015, 8:16 am

glad you\'re here   Doel  happy hi 
from Kelejan :canada: 

Already you are getting lots of feedback about your squirrels.  Just a taste of things to come. hungry
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Post  Marc Iverson on 6/12/2015, 1:59 am

Gardening without a fence is very difficult if you want to keep anything. Failing that, you have to protect each bed individually, which isn't easy and can be cumbersome, and sometimes results in restricting light. Good luck. Around here, if you don't fence it, it gets eaten by anyone and everyone but you.
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/12/2015, 5:38 pm

Marc Iverson wrote:Gardening without a fence is very difficult if you want to keep anything.  Failing that, you have to protect each bed individually, which isn't easy and can be cumbersome, and sometimes results in restricting light.  Good luck.  Around here, if you don't fence it, it gets eaten by anyone and everyone but you.
Your right on Marc, I am working on this idea. Right now this bed is loaded with potato plants.
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