June 6, 2010

Squirrel Wars 2010: It's On

I finally planted flowers today.  And of course, before I was even finished, my squirrel neighbors were checking out the action.  You see, there are things people warn you about when you move to a big city:  be aware of your surroundings, don't give out your address to strangers, watch out for shady cab drivers.  No one, I mean NO ONE tells you that squirrels will ruin your potted plants because they have a hard time finding dirt in other places in which to bury their nutty treasures.

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Last year they fully uprooted all but two of the plants I potted.  This year, I think I'm ready for them.   I've got a modern version of a Geranium, a bit of ivy and something with darker leaves and red flowers in each of my hanging baskets.  What the red stuff is, I have no idea, but the lady at Sprout Home, my local hippie gardening spot, thought it would be perfect for a north-facing, shaded hanging basket.  I do not have a green thumb, so I took the lady's advice.  She won me over by suggesting the "Critter Ridder" spray I had already purchased at Ace Hardware.  Last year her colleagues told me how awful chemicals were for plants and animals, and suggested I use Cayenne pepper to ease my squirrel problem.... and we now all know how that turned out!

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She also told me marigolds were on squirrels' nasty list, so got a bunch of those to plant as well.  They're not my favorite, but if they'll ward off squirrels to keep my herbs alive, they are OK by me.

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Wish me luck in my quest to keep plants alive - and squirrel free - for the next 3 months!!!

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