Squirrel Wars and a New Collage
I think I mentioned one day last week that we were losing our young red cabbage plants at an alarming rate.
- Update: I had 8, and now there are none.
At first I thought it was slugs, so I put out slug bait in the form of beer in a shallow container. I wasn’t 100% convinced it was slugs because there were no silvery trails on top of the soil. But I tried that anyway.
Then with no slugs showing up in the beer, I decided it was cutworms. The next night I made elaborate little cardboard collars for all the plants.
The next morning there were fewer plants, with leaves lying everywhere and cardboard collars tossed aside.
The next morning I saw a huge Kale leaf four feet from its original location, with teeth marks on the stem. The leaf was fine. Just the stem had chew marks all over it. I’m a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, so I got out my magnifying glass and could see distinct double teeth marks that indicated a possible bunny rabbit. At this point I hadn’t yet thought about squirrels.
Then the very next morning, I went out to the garden with my dog Reno looking for bunnies, and caught two juvenile squirrels in the act of tearing up the rest of the red cabbage. They saw me coming and hightailed it up an electrical pole that is right beside my garden fence. They stopped about four feet up, peeking at me from the back side of the pole. We were not more than 4 feet apart. They were obviously saying “Please, lady. Just go on back in the house so we can continue having a little fun.”
It was immediately apparent that they weren’t old enough to be afraid of me. I yelled at them. I clapped my hands and stomped my feet. I said “Get the the #&$^ out of my #&$$% garden!!!” They moved just a little farther up the pole, but not that far. They just looked at me, waiting for me to go inside again.
My dogs? They could care less. I’ve tried to incite them to go after the squirrels but they will have none of it.
My only remaining defense are four toy rubber snakes that I’ve been using in the tomato patch. I’ve moved those over to guard the green cabbages and the kale. I have my doubts that this will make a difference.
Damn, this garden is expensive!
I tried to take a picture of the squirrels but they’re too fast for me.