Square Foot Gardening Forum

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Garlic: Freeze, thaw, and heave
by donnainzone5 Today at 11:14 am

» Second Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver Today at 9:52 am

» CANADIAN REGION: What are you doing December 2016
by trolleydriver Today at 9:45 am

» Live and learn
by jimmy cee Today at 9:08 am

» Northern California & Coastal Valleys - What are you doing this month?
by trolleydriver Today at 9:04 am

» Amaranth
by dstack Today at 8:05 am

» New England, December 2016
by sanderson Today at 4:09 am

» Tomato Tuesday 2016
by sanderson Today at 4:03 am

» 1st Seed Catalog Arrived :)
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 10:42 pm

» TrolleyDriver's Compost Thermometer
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 2:42 pm

» AtlantaMarie's Garden
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 2:04 pm

» N&C Midwest: December 2016
by sanderson Yesterday at 1:44 pm

» Mychorrhizae Fungi
by audrey.jeanne.roberts Yesterday at 1:28 pm

» December 2016 Avatar: Show your Winter Season Colors!
by Scorpio Rising 12/3/2016, 11:17 pm

» SFG not giving the results I expected
by No_Such_Reality 12/3/2016, 7:21 pm

» New Member
by trolleydriver 12/3/2016, 4:14 pm

» Mid-Atl - Dec 2016 - Seed Catalog ?
by CapeCoddess 12/3/2016, 12:32 pm

» First season SFG results / lessons learned
by countrynaturals 12/3/2016, 10:36 am

» Mid-South: December 2016
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 3:39 am

» Eat Broccoli Leaves? Brussels Sprouts? Cauliflower?
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:55 am

» Winter's Coming!
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:53 am

» Dry versus fresh spices to infuse vinegar
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 2:50 am

» 2016 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by sanderson 12/3/2016, 1:28 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 5:46 pm

» Senseless Banter...
by MrBooker 12/2/2016, 5:17 pm

» Blanching and Freezing Vegetables
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:59 pm

» Your Christmas wish list?
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:29 pm

» SFG Adventure of a first time gardener in ND
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 4:14 pm

» Fusion Life Brands Power XL pressure cooker
by CapeCoddess 12/2/2016, 2:39 pm

» Asia Region -Showcase of Gardens - Show Us Yours
by sanderson 12/2/2016, 2:14 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  Toastie on 5/24/2010, 10:11 pm

Well I seem to have a rodent problem
Apparently a squirrel of 2 have decided to have a run of my garden. Usually they just dig holes and I push teh dirt back in but th is time they cut down one of my eggplants that was just starting to flower

What I am wondering is how to get rid of them. My first idea was to get a 22 and have some sauce piquante that night. But around here they might not like me shooting a gun
I have heard about using peppers, I do have some cayenne growing but I think they dug near them also
Is there anything I can grow that might get rid of them.
If all else fails I was debating on putting out some anti-freeze for them to drink\ Evil or Very Mad

Toastie

Posts : 99
Join date : 2010-04-02
Location : LaPlace, La

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  Megan on 5/24/2010, 10:19 pm

Our indoor-only cats are shedding. I use a grooming glove on them and am putting tufts of the shed hair under my grid. Originally it was anti-slug, now it is anti-squirrel too. I have no idea if it actually works, but so far just a couple of minor diggings-in-the-night. (I may have to start taking the ferrets out on leash to spread their scent around, too!)

Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 49
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  Retired Member 1 on 5/24/2010, 10:59 pm

Sorry to hear about the demise of your eggplant. I know that is so frustrating. If you can't use a wire cover, I would suggest putting deterrent around -- not sure what works on squirrels. I found one at Tractor Supply that has helped keep the neighbourhood cats out of the garden. I would not suggest using antifreeze -- it causes a horribly painful death, and pets could get into it.

Retired Member 1

Female Posts : 904
Join date : 2010-03-03
Location : USA

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  sceleste54 on 5/25/2010, 12:01 am

I buy ground Cayenne in the big containers at Sam's Club.. Sprinkle LIBERALLY on everyhing!! It won't stop the birds but its a hoot to watch the squirrels get a mouthful !!
Won't hurt them permanently but it does seem to teach them to leave stuff alone.. and they can dig all they want in the rest of the yard ! Works on all mammals I've seen so far...

sceleste54

Female Posts : 383
Join date : 2010-04-08
Location : Florida Panhandle

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  1chichi on 5/25/2010, 7:48 am

I know how you feel about the squirrels. They are very destructive! A couple of days ago, I believe one got into some of my heirloom tomato plants that are in a fenced bed w/ Mel's mix.
They kicked the mix all over my turnip greens and buried 2 of the tom. plants.
There were no bite marks. They just made a big mess that had me cursing!

Afterwards, I harvested the greens, but cleaning them was very difficult.
Then, I covered the soil w/ plastic mulch. Inbetween each plant I placed a bucket lid to hold the plastic down.
I guess it's time to get some cayenne pepper.
A friend is going to loan me a squirrel trap (for relocating them).
This is all out war

1chichi

Posts : 151
Join date : 2010-04-24
Location : SuNnY SoutH CaRoLiNa

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  PB on 5/25/2010, 8:34 am

I had trouble with squirrels in my potted plants. Evidently they love Mel's mix for hiding seeds in that wonderfully fluffy stuff. They didn't eat the petunia's, but dug the plants out of the pot. I read you could spray the plant, but as they werent eating the plants, but digging. I got out my crushed red pepper and added liberally. The next day I noticed they had started to dig, but decided against the idea. I guess it worked. If not, the squirrels would have been seasoned from the inside if I had to get the .22 magnum.

PB

Female Posts : 95
Join date : 2010-03-11
Age : 52
Location : North Carolina

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  Chopper on 5/25/2010, 1:58 pm

@sceleste54 wrote:I buy ground Cayenne in the big containers at Sam's Club.. Sprinkle LIBERALLY on everyhing!! It won't stop the birds but its a hoot to watch the squirrels get a mouthful !!
Won't hurt them permanently but it does seem to teach them to leave stuff alone.. and they can dig all they want in the rest of the yard ! Works on all mammals I've seen so far...

I like your cayenne idea. Everytime I put a box in the dogs dig through it with their snouts. After awhile they leave it alone, but they dog up seeds. Might lay it on before seeding and let the dogs get a whiff of that and stay away.

Chopper

Female Posts : 2467
Join date : 2010-05-05
Age : 61
Location : Warner Springs, CA USDA Zone 8a, Sunset Zone 7 (I think)

View user profile http://thezimmermannfamilytoo.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  Toastie on 5/25/2010, 2:05 pm

Well I found a good spot to get a squirrel trap and also found out they sell Vermiculite (4 cuft for 26)

Toastie

Posts : 99
Join date : 2010-04-02
Location : LaPlace, La

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  Megan on 5/25/2010, 6:37 pm

@Chopper wrote:
@sceleste54 wrote:I buy ground Cayenne in the big containers at Sam's Club.. Sprinkle LIBERALLY on everyhing!! It won't stop the birds but its a hoot to watch the squirrels get a mouthful !!
Won't hurt them permanently but it does seem to teach them to leave stuff alone.. and they can dig all they want in the rest of the yard ! Works on all mammals I've seen so far...

I like your cayenne idea. Everytime I put a box in the dogs dig through it with their snouts. After awhile they leave it alone, but they dog up seeds. Might lay it on before seeding and let the dogs get a whiff of that and stay away.

I like that idea too. I bought a big bag of extra-hot dried peppers at Walmart. I'm going to have to take the Cuisinart outside to grind it up (and wear a ventilator or I'm going to mace myself).... but hopefully it will keep the squirrels out!

Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 49
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  Toastie on 5/25/2010, 8:55 pm

Well I got the trap and loaded it with some peanut butter (after I made myself a few PB&J's) and hopefully I catch something

I thought about the cayenne pepper until I realized that one of the plants it likes to dig around is a cayenne and jalepeno peppers. I guess I got a cajun squirrel

I was told at the store that wolf/coyote urine work

Toastie

Posts : 99
Join date : 2010-04-02
Location : LaPlace, La

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Squirrels 1 Eggplant 0

Post  Sponsored content Today at 11:41 am


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum