I curse caterpillars aloud. I've been known to chase turkeys off the lawn while flailing wildly and I have no compunction against yelling at grub-hunting birds (with appropriate "GO AWAY" hand motions, of course).
|Damn squirrels have dug up the coleus plants in the three bottom pots repeatedly!|
I'm a very passionate gardener mostly because I'm not that good at it and having critters destroy my green thumb efforts is infuriating! But squirrels. I had no idea what havoc those rats with fluffy tails could wreak on a garden.
Having not had a finished backyard until this last year, I never paid attention to the squirrels. They were just the innocuous grey things running up and down the oak trees every 10 minutes. Now I know them as the bird feeder dumping, hole digging, plant murderers that they are. And in the height of their prepare-for-winter digging/burying, I set out to destroy them. (Okay, really, just keep them out of my plants.)
After some discouraging sleuthing--no magic bullets in squirrel maintenance unless you're willing to shoot or poison, which I'm not!--I read the little buggers don't enjoy the smell of peppermint. So following an online recipe, I mixed together some peppermint oil, soaked barked and wood pieces in it, and put peppermint bark (no not that kind) all around.
|There used to be a coleus plant in here.|
Turns out it did not one bit of good. Maybe they held their noses. Maybe my extract wasn't strong enough. I don't know. But I wanted to warn others attempting squirrel irritation- This trick doesn't work.
I'm going to try a cayenne mixture next and I will report back!
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Labels: annoyances, digging, garden, Gardening, home and garden, keep out, NaBloPoMo, peppermint oil, personal, pests, squirrels, things that don't work, vermin