Gardening 101

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Comment by Annette Tilden on October 2, 2012 at 9:42am

Mothballs didn't help last year, andd I won't do anything to cause any animals pain if I can help it.  I have read many times that cayenne pepper can get in squirrels eyes and they blind themselves trying to scratch it out.  It might be chipmunks after all because they are around here too, and a lot of the bulbs were just dug up and scattered.  Why???

That phone takes good pictures, Barb. 

Comment by barbara craven on October 2, 2012 at 8:53am

You'll never get rid of them.  Cayenne pepper sprinkled around where your tulips are should be helpful.  Funny the squirrels around here have never bothered with my tulips.  The only thing, and that's this year is one chipmunk who has been digging them up, but not doing anything with them, so I just replanted them.

I got all my hostas dug up and replanted yesterday and put some grass seed on the little bit of grass I have in the front yard.  I don't want the sod (when it gets here) showing it up and there are a lot of brown spots this year.

It was so nice yesterday, I took time out to ly in my hammock.  I had my new phone with me so took some pics while I was there.

Used to be mothballs Alex, now it's cayenne.

Comment by laura52 on October 2, 2012 at 8:48am

I have used mothballs to keep the coons away, but never knew it would work for the squirrels.

Comment by alexander Mollison on October 2, 2012 at 8:36am


Comment by laura52 on October 2, 2012 at 8:26am

Annette, maybe you are going to have to use a trap to release it elsewhere if nothing else works.


 They really can be funny to watch, but infuriating when it comes to trying to grow bulbs or feed birds. I know they don't like safflower seeds, but most birds do.

Comment by Annette Tilden on October 2, 2012 at 7:54am

I have a favourite computer game called Garden Rescue in which you place vegetables strategically to ward off invading bugs and slugs.  Yesterday I finally cracked the last Challenge level.  It shows no defenses against squirrels though, and already they have been into the tulips I just planted.  I used a lot of the recommended tricks - planted the bulbs deeply, with Fritillaria and covered with blood meal.  I have to admire this smart little squirrel though.  I've watched him in action and he does appear to be very clever.  I guess I will just have to be more so.

Comment by Ishbel McKinlay-Wilkie on September 30, 2012 at 12:07pm

Sorry you lost one Annette. Mine have not grown much either and the are protected. We drove past our old home in Stouffville and when my sister was visiting us from New Zealand she bought me 2 Bridal Spirea. I could not believe the size of them in 10 years. Way past the height of the fence. They are so very beautiful when they bloom in may. I must get some for my back yard!!


Comment by Annette Tilden on September 30, 2012 at 12:01pm

Ishbel, I just got my two Rhodos this summer and I don't think one survived the drought.  The other seems to be doing quite well but hasn't increased in size much.  Anywhere I've seen them growing they have been very large trees, sort of like lilacs.  I understand they like acidic soil and the one I still have is protected by cedar trees.

Comment by Ishbel McKinlay-Wilkie on September 30, 2012 at 11:02am

Can anyone tell me how big rhodedendroms (wrong Spelling) grow one season. I bought 2 this year to put near  our fence in the back yard.

Annette, I know you are a lover of them!!


Have a good Sunday everyone!!

Comment by Annette Tilden on September 30, 2012 at 10:57am

I'm hoping the two Clematis I planted this year will survive.  The drought has killed one other.  My cousin has one that was in full bloom last week covered with white flowers.  She said it is a native plant, so I'll be on the lookout for that.  


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