Joined: 28 Feb 2007 Posts: 1281 Location: Colorado
Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:39 pm Post subject:
Yeah, I've tried the chili powder and crushed red pepper. I actually bought netting and installed it last night, but I came in to more missing plants.
The funny part is that in addition to two more sage plants and two cilantros, they ate the marigolds, which were supposed to be so terrible they would keep them out of the garden. I think I'm being chip-punked.
Oh, tried the water bucket technique, but the horse knocked it over and ate all the sunflower seeds. I did have a squirrel drown in the water trough though. Seriously at the end of my rope here.
Joined: 06 Dec 2004 Posts: 6331 Location: Ironton, Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Salida
Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:40 pm Post subject:
heather don't you have a cat?? a cat is a requirement in mt. living imo. i had a cat that would kill packrats bigger than she was. get a kitten and it will get along with the pups. otherwise you may need to go to 1/4" mesh all over and around garden, buried down 6" or so. j
Joined: 11 Dec 2004 Posts: 937 Location: Putney, Vermont
Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:03 am Post subject:
So, I caught a chipmunk in the garden tonight and flushed him out to see where he was getting out. He's a baby. Damn cute at that. He can fit through the chicken wire. Fack.
My uncle has been using a large Hav-a-hart trap to catch the various squirrels that were nesting in his house. The chipmunks quickly discovered that they could eat the bait in the trap without triggering it, or they could just escape through the wire sides. Now, when the chippies are getting harassed by gray squirrels, they run straight through the trap. They run right over the trigger plate and out the other side. The squirrels, in hot pursuit of their competition, get captured. As soon as the trap slams shut, the chippies stop, still only a foot or two away, and start preening and otherwise teasing their trapped cousins.
You can get 1/2" mesh chicken wire, or hardware cloth, that chipmunks can't get through. However, they probably could climb it. If you can't have a cat, some sort of small rodent-catching dog? But that might look a bit funny with your truck.
Nope, flower doesn't fit, and not as erect. Looks like silverweed, Argentina anserina, to me. Native forb common in wet areas. _________________ "Throw you in the pigpen, and you come out vice president of the hogs." Burt Lancaster
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