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RE: So much to do etc

Andrea, place chicken wire around your plants (on the ground, not standing
up like a fence.)  They don't like their little paws to feel that rough,
nasty old wire.  You could also use rock as a mulch.  They don't like that
either.  I've used both.  I feed the squirrels now and they don't get my
lovely bulbs (chicken wire or rock deterrents) or try to get in my house
(abundant food source place out for them every morning.)

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Andrea Hodges
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 9:11 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] So much to do etc

EEWWW A garden with tiny fried corpses. No thanks, of course I don't have
that issue so what do I know? I do have a tree squirrel issue and boy are
they a pain. I find holes everywhere.
----- Original Message -----
From: "james singer" <islandjim1@verizon.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 5:38 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] So much to do etc

> Cyndi, here's a post from another list re gopher/ground squirrel 
> problem--
> I've tried electric fences before using a "small pet" transformer, and 
> that stopped the ground squirrels for a while -- then they started 
> just taking the shock and destroying things again.
> So this year I covered the railroad ties that surround the garden with 
> wire mesh ("hardware cloth") so that any animals on them would have a 
> good "ground".  Then using a "large animal" transformer I put plastic 
> insulators on top of the railroad ties and ran the wire about an inch 
> and a half over the tie.
> So far I've actually killed every ground squirrel that has tried to 
> get into the garden -- with zero damage to any of the plants!
> Of course I have forgotten that the electric fence is there and I've 
> shocked myself a number of times.
> Richard Primbs
> Encinitas CA
> On May 9, 2006, at 1:52 PM, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT wrote:
>> Good weather and gardening, what more can you ask?
>> I meant to take pictures of the gardens this weekend but once again 
>> didn't get to it. It'll be in full bloom for a little while yet so 
>> there's still plenty of time.
>> I did most of my activity in the vegetable garden, figured I would 
>> get on top of the weeds there while they are still small. So the 
>> onions, the lettuce, and the peas are all weeded and mulched. We are 
>> feeding our ewes oat hay instead of alfalfa to help dry up their 
>> milk, and they waste so much of it there's plenty of mulching 
>> material. The tomatoes look pretty nice, the soybeans and the corn 
>> are up, but the green beans I planted didn't sprout. Could be old 
>> seed...or maybe the ravens ate them all...I figured I'd replant and 
>> see if it works. It's very late to be doing that, green beans don't 
>> set real well in the kind of heat we get in the summer, but what the 
>> heck - I don't need many. And I direct seeded some eggplant and okra, 
>> pretty old packets though, we'll see what happens there too. Peppers 
>> are hardening off and will go in probably next weekend. One thing 
>> about cutting back this year is I didn't buy new seed, so I'm getting 
>> rid of all those old packets I was going to use "someday". Silly to 
>> keep old seed but I am a pack rat, no denying it. Now I can plant 
>> them with a clear conscience  and I've even tossed those I know I 
>> won't use.
>> We have gophers and ground squirrels galore. It's incredible, there 
>> can't be 10 sq ft anywhere without a gopher hole in it. My husband 
>> has about 10 gopher traps set all over the place and as soon as he 
>> catches one and moves the trap to the next place, a new hole sprouts 
>> where he just was. And ground squirrels, we have not seen them in 
>> years but last night we saw two scampering in the vegetable garden. 
>> They do a lot of damage to my irrigation system, plants, and they dig 
>> big burrows. I hear they steal eggs from chickens too, but I've never 
>> seen that. Anyway we are trapping for them too.
>> Sheesh!
>> We bought a new ram lamb the other day, the girls need a boyfriend 
>> for next fall. Lots of pushing and shoving when you introduce a new 
>> member to the flock. Sometime during the night somebody busted 
>> through the gate into the veg garden. My husband shouted for me that 
>> morning and my heart just sank, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it 
>> could have been. They had walked on everything but didn't eat much so 
>> there was surprisingly little damage considering. Talk about lucky.
>> Out front the roses are blooming, not yet fully loaded but soon. The 
>> dutch iris and bearded iris look great. The hardy geraniums are the 
>> best I've ever seen them - maybe they really liked the wet/cool 
>> weather we had since February? I've got to get after the vinca 
>> though, it will smother them.
>> I've
>> moved a bunch of daylilies, I don't even know what colors they are so 
>> that will bear watching. The dry garden looks very nice indeed 
>> although I still have bare spots. It's harder now to plant in there, 
>> new natives want a season of almost regular water while the 
>> established ones will hate that.
>> Going out there with a watering can is not real practical but it may 
>> be what I have to do. I have already lost a few of the new salvias to 
>> gophers, grrr, it's what I get for not taking the time to make the 
>> cages.
>> But all in all, it's pretty good. Going to be about 90 today. Wish I 
>> were outside...
>> Cyndi
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> Southwest Florida
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
> Hardiness Zone 10
> Heat Zone 10
> Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> Maximum 100 F [38 C]
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