Can’t Win

I used to have two large vegetable gardens.  I did everything I could to keep the animals out and nothing worked.  So, I had the good idea to get a raised planter for lettuce that rabbits and other terrestrial animals couldn’t reach.  Unfortunately,  the squirrels could get to it and dug in the soil to bury nuts.  Next, I covered it with food tents.  The squirrels found that the food tents would make good nesting material and began to strip the fabric.

I put the tent back together, pinned it down and the next day the squirrels took the whole thing.

I reached my wit’s end and looked through the garage for anything to cover the planter.  As you can see, I cobbled together trays, bent hangers and plastic mesh.  Yes, the squirrel did squeeze between the trays and dug some holes, but there is still some lettuce left for me.  It is hard to win against mother nature, especially if the opponents  are her squirrels.


33 Comments on “Can’t Win”

  1. They are brilliant and persistent little buggers. We have sprayed our plants with pepper juice but that wouldn’t do on lettuce. Maybe around the plants? We tried dried blood which does discourage the rabbits. Not sure about squirrels.

  2. shoreacres says:

    After reading about Jason’s rabbits and your squirrels, I have to say I admire the critters’ creativity, and your perseverance. I do know that squirrels adore dandelion greens — maybe you should plant a little dandelion garden just for them. Of course, there are some downsides to dandelions, too.

  3. carol says:

    Good grief. Those squirrels are really determined little devils!

  4. Tina says:

    They are devils.

  5. Deb says:

    I’ll give you an A+ for trying to keep them out! Busy buggers.😏

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Oh, how frustrating! We may win a battle or two, but at times, it feels like we are losing the war. 😦

  7. Frustrating, if it makes you feel any better. Two friends had squirrels eat all the avocados on the tree, for the nuts! They spit the flesh out! Where is Elmer Fudd when you need him? My mother used to fill her pots with pinecones to keep the squirrels out.

    • Wow. When I grew tomatoes, they would take a bite out of them. After that I didn’t want to eat them.

      • Come to think of it, something did take a bite out of one of the tomatoes, I have kept a closer eye on them since.

      • So then I had the good idea to buy a planter, planted one tomato, put it on the driveway with a net around the sides and everyday a Mockingbird came and took a few bites out of the tomato. Now I get my tomatoes at the store.

      • the rabbits were eating the basil in my front porch pots til I walked out with my dogs one morning and caught it (not literally).. Lots of basil now, I am going to use some flowers in my vase this week I think..

      • I would not think they would like basil. But come to think of it, I planted some basil before going on a trip and it was gone when I came back. I thought the heat got it, but maybe not. How is Florida holding up? We closed all restaurants (take out only) and bars. Test are hard to get.

      • I think the rabbit was waiting for me to plant lettuce and spinach. Same thing here, they closed the bars just in time for St Patrick’s but spring break kids are still congregating in Daytona and Ft Lauderdale. And think they are invincible. This scares me.

  8. Squirrels are a pain. But I have more problems with the raccoons, deer, and skunks. The skunks are the worst. One lived under my shed for about a week. That was over a month ago, and I’m still trying to get the stink out. Good luck with your critters.

  9. tonytomeo says:

    Dang! Squirrel stew?

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