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Re: birdseed, raccoons

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] birdseed, raccoons
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 10:13:30 -0600
  • References: <27520455.1112454594539.JavaMail.root@sniper12.usinternet.com>

> ... I'm not happy when ....
> raccoons eat the giant snails in my tub garden...

What are snails good for?  I just thought they were slugs with shells and a
scourge in a garden.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Chris@widom-assoc.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2005 9:18 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] birdseed, raccoons

> As usual, I'm days behind in reading my e-mail, but I wanted to mention
> safflower seed is nearly hull-less and the squirrels don't like it quite
> well as sunflower seeds.  The birds don't show a preference, so I buy it
> when I see it available. Oh, Auralie, I read that grackles and starlings
> don't like it!  http://www.hummzinger.biz/safflower-seed.htm
> I kind of like the idea of sharing the environment with whatever wildlife
> get.  I'm not happy when the rabbits nibble off the tops of my tulips or
> raccoons eat the giant snails in my tub garden, but I figure that they
> here first!  I try to adapt without doing harm.  Luckily, no deer have
> their way here (even though they are on an estate only a mile away). If
> my pots were being dug up every night, I'm not sure what I'd do!
> When the raccoons were coming into the house through our cat door (when we
> used one years ago), they were very well mannered.  They ate the cat's
> and casually retreated through the house and out the door when we arrived
> home at night!  Well, we became more diligent about locking the cat door
> after that!  I haven't seen as many raccoons around here lately, but I
> remember one time when we had seven mulling around our back deck, probably
> waiting for us to open up!
> Chris
> Long Island, NY
> Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
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