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Here is a Linden tree that I planted 9/8/12. First photo is yesterday. Second photo is just after planting.
When I planted this tree, I had no idea that cancer cells were multiplying in my abdomen. But here we are, 6 years later. I'm still around, and this has grown into a handsome tree. Who knows what another 6 years will bring.
This tree was end of season sale at Home Depot. It cost about $9. It was rootbound, so I cut off all of the winding roots. It got lots of water for a couple of years, but only once this year, on the hottest day.
Each year I plant a potentially large-growing tree. Some years, I planted several. I don't know if that will continue. I planted another chestnut tree last winter, so maybe that's the effort for this year.
Spud, your peach / squirrel dilemma reminds me of my grandfather. He was in his 80s when I was in high school. During the winter, he fed the squirrels so much, they would come up on his porch and eat out of his hand. Then in the summer, they ate his peaches. He shot at them with his BB gun, but that wasn't much deterrent. On the growing fruit website, some members make bags from window screen material, and put a bag around each peach on the tree. A lot of work.
Joan, sometimes there are ants inside the figs. I haven't seen any yet this year. Sometimes I use tanglefoot to prevent ants from climbing the trees. It works 100% and is cheap and nontoxic. No little worms.
Another zinnia photo. They are filling in nicely. Deer are all over this area, but they don't touch zinnias. Rabbits get a few when they are small. I have row covers made from wire fencing, until they are about a foot tall. Minimal watering.
Now we are getting lots of fruits and vegetables. I eat them every day. Most of my carb intake now is either home grown potato or home made sourdough. Looking forward to sweet corn soon. We spiralize a lot of the zucchinis and eat them like noodles.
Loam Gnome, your figs look healthy and delicious. Do you have problems with ants getting inside or those nasty tiny worms?
Spud, you have tried all the things I would have done, and I have seen squirrels jump great heights and spring through the air as though they have wings. So, I give up. I have no new ideas to offer. Live trapping is one option, however, other squirrels will come in to replace them.
I have only one more idea that might work: a fine mesh canopy, such as those used to keep birds out of cherry trees. Cover the tree from top to bottom.
Oh yes, one more thought, a vicious dog who loves to kill squirrels; only remember to keep the small children, little old ladies, and those who can't run fast away from the beast.
She is a southern gardener, however, she offers principles that apply to we northern growers.
Spud, maybe you can trap them and release somewhere 20 miles away? I saw videos about a squirrel launcher, but people might think that is mean.
First figs of the year.
Joan, those would work if the tree was large enough and far enough away from a place they could jump from, like a house.
Squirrels are very good at jumping. From the ground, they can jump past most things, onto a branch. They can also jump from a house into the branches.
My dad had a peach tree, and the squirrels destroyed the peaches to eat the seeds. He tried cutting off all the lower branches and putting slick metal around the trunk. They still jumped from the house into the branches. He finally had to trap them. That was the only way he could enjoy peaches.
My tree is far away from the house, but it's too short to defeat them. Even if I cut off 70% of the branches, they could still jump into the remaining branches, from the ground.
I'm reluctant to trap them because my next door neighbors are animal lovers who feed the squirrels, and would become very annoyed with me. The only way I could trap them is by hiding the trap in my berry bushes. That might work. Even so, it's a constant battle because new squirrels move in to fill the vacancy.
I have no fruit trees here to compare with your experiences, however, I wonder if putting a smooth surfaced material around the trunk will keep squirrels out of the canopy? Or put a grease substance available at any seed and feed store that the squirrels don't like to climb through. These two should keep the critters out of the trees unless they have access through the canopy.
Tanglefoot Tangle-Guard Tree Wrap 3" x 50'
Two of my favorite permaculture farmers together, sharing their experiences.
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