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Comment by Loam Gnome on July 21, 2018 at 8:53pm

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.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 21, 2018 at 7:33am

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.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2018 at 2:39pm

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'

Tree Wrap

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 20, 2018 at 2:21pm

Two of my favorite permaculture farmers together, sharing their experiences. 

Comment by Patricia on July 20, 2018 at 1:07pm

Yes, the goji, & the acai....rather blah. Dragon fruit is tasteless too.

Comment by Randall Smith on July 20, 2018 at 10:38am

I forgot to mention that I had goji berries this year for the first time. Actually, they aren't very tasty--rather bland, but they're supposed to be good for you.

I'm sorta glad my zucchini plants are dying. I've had enough. Curious as to how the pickling them tastes. Cucumbers are next.

I spent 2 hours cleaning out the "spring" raspberry canes. Not one of my favorite chores--like washing windows. I should have a nice fall crop. More wine to make?

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 19, 2018 at 4:09pm

I was able to gather & eat about 30 apricots this year.  It appears that a lot of the flowers froze because I didn't think it was cold enough to mist them.  There were about 60 fruit, but the squirrels trashed 30 of them getting at the seeds.

I'll mist my tree at the first cold weather next spring, but the squirrels will be harder to defeat.  My best idea yet is to cover it with a mesh that lets in plenty of light, but has holes too small for squirrels to enter.  That worked on my cherry trees.

I hope I can find and easier deterrent because that one is a pain to implement.

This apricot must have better tasting seeds than my first one, because they mostly left it alone.

Comment by Loam Gnome on July 19, 2018 at 3:19pm

I concur with Randy and everyone else here.  This group is why I'm on this site.  I can be among atheists and talk about our gardening, and not worry about politics and religion.  It's really rewarding.

Jotham, with your gardening, you fit right in here.  I need to check the climate in your area.  I wonder if it's similar to maritime Pacific Northwest, which is mine.

Randy, I have some plums that just had one fruit this year too.  Maybe that means next year will be a bumper crop!  Some apples are that way for me too.  And pears.  Have you made sauerkraut with your cabbages?  You are way ahead of me with sweet corn, but I have had a few tomatoes.

I'm off to do some volunteer shifts today, but wanted to show some of the carnivorous plants that I'm growing.  These are hardy cultivars of Sarracenia, the American pitcher plant, native to the Southeastern parts of the US. 

Spud, I never had a fort, but I basically hid from humanity, in my vegetable and flower garden.  And still do, in a way.

Joan, gladiolus are hardy here in maritime Northwest, but probably not further inland.  Even so, I dug mine up last year, let the corms dry out, and stored them like potatoes for the winter,  Doing so, I was able to plant them like a kitchen garden plant in rows, and divide the ones that had replicated. I also added some from Burpee - yet to bloom - and some boxes of gladiolus corms from the local store.  Those last were the rather dull looking ones that I was complaining about.  Some are looking OK.  I think I'll dug out the ones that were really disappointing, and compost them, leaving the ones that I like better.  I do think I'm getting a lot more bang for my gardening buck, with zinnias and marigolds so far.

Comment by Patricia on July 19, 2018 at 2:58pm

Oh it grew back but I had gotten older, & it didn't grow back with the nice little nest in it that I had when I was 3-4-5-6-7-8- years old.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 19, 2018 at 2:03pm

Patricia, I hope you kept the lilac root. They can survive fires, droughts, neglect, and abuse such as that run-away car. As I drive south into the Palouse country, there are many abandoned homestead. Trees, lilacs, iris, and peonies often survive abandonment.

 

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