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I now have the ultimate solution--besides not planting sweet corn at all. An electric wire! Borrowed what I needed from my son-in-law yesterday. Strung it up in about an hour, and voila, no raccoons over night!
Randy, I included how to make compost tea as an example of how to make a tea of your concoction of "pepper, bleach, and garlic to spray on the corn silks". Maybe by straining the mixture, it would not clog up your sprayer.
pepper, bleach, and garlic to spray on the corn silks.
Randy, hope the urine keeps the Coons away. It's worth a try.
Sounds like you'll have to stake that trap to the ground. That reminds me: To keep the wind from blowing my Cold Frame away, I've got it staked to the ground with "Pets Spiral Tie-Out Stakes". It would take a tornado to pull those out.
Joan, it's way too much work (and money) to make compost tea. But, thanks for the thought.
I caught another squirrel this morning. I use a small trap. My dog ("Dot") usually informs me I caught something. She "plays" with the cage, rolling it all over trying to get at the animal. This morning, a big cattle truck stopped to remove the trap from the roadway--Dot oblivious to traffic. Embarrassing. It could have been disasterous.
One more thing, I'm "bucketing" my urine to splash around the garden, in hopes of keeping 'coons away. Gross, I know, but....
Randy, have you tried making a tea out of your concoction?
6 EASY STEPS TO MAKE HOMEMADE COMPOST TEA
I think the same principles apply to making your solution.
How do you catch "piney" without getting caught yourself. I have heard of people use garbage cans, but I would hate to be the one putting the lid on the can.
I enjoy reading about your life's experiences.
Since my dog and trap has failed to dissuade racoons, I concocted a home brew mixture of pepper, bleach, and garlic to spray on the corn silks. One squirt and the damn sprayer clogged up. 3 sprayers later, I gave up. I wound up using a paint brush. Don't know if it will work, but I didn't have any night visitors last night. (And my 4th "piney" is ready to be deported!)
Randy, we laid heavy black tarps over where we want the greenhouse to be built to kill grasses and weeds. Removing the tarp we found many mole holes. We used mothballs in each hole and covered them up again with the tarp. We had no signs of moles when we laid the gravel base on another kind of tarp for the entire greenhouse.
I hope we stop those critters with these efforts. I will let you know if it failed.
Spud, household vinegar is not strong enough to kill the toughest of weeds. I created a weed-hunt routine and find household vinegar was an easy kill for some weeds, virtually useless on other weeds.
Vinegar Weed Killer: Grandma's Recipe For Fast Weed Control
Ditto, ditto, ditto on the heat. The positive note is all my heat tolerant and drought tolerant perennials are now doing their thing and are happy with just a sip from rain barrels. :)
Randall in other words you took squirrels on a 'vacation to a foreign land and left them."Time will tell if they manage transportation back home. :) Your critter stories are not funny to you, but hilarious to read.
Another inch of rain this weekend. July record, with another 12 days to go. I've just about given up on weeding.
The good news is, I've caught 9 moles this year! And yesterday, I set my trap for "piney" squirrels (that's what I call them). Caught 3 in a matter of a few hours. Used walnut pieces for "bait". Drove them 2 miles away to release them. Far enough?
Now, if only I can catch those sweet corn loving racoons. My dog has been negligent in her duties.
Ah, the wisdom of our elders. And to paraphrase Pogo, We have met the elders, and they are us! Thanks for your comments, Joan.
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