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Using Bone Ashes in the Garden. 12.9.18
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.
Yes, the goji, & the acai....rather blah. Dragon fruit is tasteless too.
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?
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.
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