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Those durn chipmunks!

Post  quiltbea on 8/6/2010, 11:28 am

Today I wanted to harvest several of my ripe Oregon Spring tomatoes and what do you think I found? Bites taken out of several, just one or two, here and there and the evidence that chipmunks were visiting. They left some pelleted clues on the top of my raised bed and also across the top of the insect barrier I have over my cabbages that are heading up so I know for sure that's the culprit.
I had to throw 8 of them in the compost heap.
Durn the little buggers! I was planning on a nice tomato salad to go with my steak, pepper and onion sandwich tonite for supper.
Yes, I finally have an Antohi pepper ripe enough to eat.

I hope the chips go to the compost pile and eat to their heart's content on the toms they already ruined.

Well, I guess I'll have to have one sliced tomato, the only one I could harvest today that was perfect, along with some pickling cukes and sugar snap peas. Mmmm good.

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Post  boffer on 8/6/2010, 12:25 pm

Can you believe a compost pile just isn't good 'nuf for 'em? get that pesky wabbi

I made a deal with my neighborhood squirrels: I feed them peanuts in the front yard, and they stay out of my garden in the backyard. So far, so good. Except for the peanut plants sprouting up all over the place!

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Post  quiltbea on 8/6/2010, 1:24 pm

Thanks boffer. I just filled the flat bird feeder with sunflower seeds where I've see our chippies and squirrels feeding on the seeds all the time. Maybe they missed them.

I hope this deters them from MY food.

I'll do anything short of killing the little beggars.

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Post  martha on 9/7/2010, 1:28 pm

I have had good luck with predator urine based products. The one I have used the most often is Shake Away, but just because it is what I find most easily. They are a lot like kittens - adorable, and a big heap o'trouble, them little varmints!

From http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/problems/chipmunk-control-eliminating-chipmunks-from-your-garden.htm

Using chipmunk repellent for chipmunk control

A common chipmunk repellent is moth balls or flakes. Chipmunks cannot tolerate the smell of them. Be cautious when using mothballs though. Recent studies suggest that these may be linked to cancer.

Another chipmunk repellent is either pureed garlic or hot peppers or a combination of both. Steeps the pureed garlic and hot peppers in 1 cup hot soapy water until the water is cool. Strain and add 1 tablespoon of oil. Shake and pour into a spray bottle. Spray this on plants you wish to keep the chipmunks from.

Other chipmunk repellent suggestions include castor oil, predator urine and ammonium soap.

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