Linda Mann wrote:
> The squirrel population has boomed again . . .
> After half heartedly shooting at them for several weeks,
> that would discourage them, I finally started putting
them in the
Well, that ought to discourage them! But wasn't
shooting them a lot simpler?
> The only time they seem to go after the seedlings is after I make the
> mistake of pulling chickweed out of the pots.
Squirrels are known for hijinks and low cunning, but
beyond that, they're not very smart. After you've disturbed the soil by
pulling out the chickweed, they probably think another squirrel has buried
something good to eat there and they can't wait to steal it..
> I cover small seedlings and seed germination pots with wire mesh to
> them safe, but don't have a convenient way of protecting
> hundred pots of seedlings that range in size from this little
one up to
> full sized fans, other than buying an unheated
greenhouse. Which I am
> about ready to do...
Seriously, Linda, you seem to have space for it, so why
not construct what I call a winter frame? I've attached a photo of mine in
iris-photos. At 10' x 3' x 15", it holds 95 1-gal pots. The plastic
mesh lid keeps the critters out and holds up better than chicken wire. If
you built one taller -- or a part of it taller --
it would accommodate your full-fan pots. The only purpose of mine is to
protect seed pots over the winter, and the new seedlings' leaves are just
touching the screen when I transplant them. --
Zone 7 along the tidal Potomac near
Mount Vernon, in Virginia