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4/1/11 9:38 P

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Thanks for the hot pepper spray tip. I havent used that before and it sounds great. I always have hot peppers of some sort around. I love them. Grow cayenne and jalapeno every year too. This is my first year of trying to go all organic. I think that its really helped me to buy organic at the store and I want my own vegetables to be just as good.

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4/1/11 8:09 A

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Thanks for the response. I'll give it a try...we definitely have plenty of bugs here in FL. Last year my entire broccoli crop was decimated by a flat grayish bug. They also got most of my squash. Squash bugs??? I picked up some "natural" bug spray at the hardware store, but it didn't smell very "natural", but I was desperate at that point. I also had some very tiny mite-looking bugs. Not sure what, if any, damage they did, but they were everywhere. So far this spring, I haven't seen evidence of an infestation, but I want to be prepare this year.



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3/31/11 12:57 P

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The pepper spray hasn't affected the flavor of any of my veggies so far. If it did it would be an easy way to make salsa. LOL

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3/31/11 10:13 A

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I would suggest being cautious with the moth balls too close to food. They are toxic. A boss at an old job sprinkled them all around the office building to deter rats, but the odor made me and my co worker sick. I haven't done any research, but would suggest checking before using them around food.

Does the hot pepper spray affect the flavor of any of the veggies or fruit? It might actually make an interesting tomato with a little kick...lol

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3/31/11 8:37 A

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I've seen some of my tomatoes that have a bite or two in them figured it was bunnies or squirrels.

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3/30/11 1:48 P

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I found that the squirrels, ground squirrels in my case, like to munch on the lower hanging tomatoes when I plant them near the deck. The live under the deck. This is just too close to thier home. When I plant away from there I have no problems. I do move my tomatoes into various gardens (veggie and flower) around the yard to keep from getting a build up of problems with the soil. THis year is scheduled to plant next to the deck again...lol.

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3/30/11 1:00 P

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Interesting about the squirrels eating green tomatoes. I was sure it was the deer eating ours! Also, had not heard about hot pepper planted with the bulbs. I'll definitely try that one!! I've had such bad luck with mine getting dug up, I just quit planting them!

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3/30/11 12:00 P

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I do know that skunks do not like the smell of mothballs. We had one try to live under our house once and we put mothballs at the opening. That got rid of the skunk and it is supposed to work on a lot of critters because they can't stand the smell. Maybe you could buy some and put them along the outside of the garden to see if that would work on the Squirrels.

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3/30/11 11:30 A

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I read one time if you sprinkle salt on the cabbage that would keep the white cabbage butterflies away. What I would do would put 1/2 cup salt in warm water to dissolve and then spray on the cabbage every day and for sure after it rains.

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3/29/11 8:12 P

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thank you. I planted some of my early stuff today. I dumped cayenne powder all of it too. :)
brownieislander- I'm sure I'll be back with other pest problems! :)

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3/29/11 7:48 P

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Reading all the post here is very enlightening....No squirrels here....But i can well imagine the annoyance from these little critters...I have a different variety...birds..butterflies laying their eggs on the cabbage...slugs..and the fruit eating night bats lol...So we all have stress in
vegetable gardening in some form...I love to plant anyway....and will for a long time yet!!! emoticon emoticon

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3/29/11 4:49 P

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Hot peppers deter squirrels and rabbits. I add cayenne pepper to the birdfeeders and sprinkle some over the bulbs when I plant them (and every fall there after). It keeps the squirrels out of the birdfeeders and from digging up bulbs. You can also make a spray either from cayenne peppers or any hot peppers that you grow by mixing with water and letting steep for a couple of days, strain it then spray the plant/crops you want to keep the critters away from. You will need to spray a couple of times a week and after rains. It seems to really help.

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3/29/11 4:17 P

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You might want to put netting (like they use to keep birds off of grape arbors) over the tops of the beds at least while the plants are young.

Squirrels like to take one bite out of every green tomato on the vines, too.

I feed them corn under a big tree in the front yard. Aside from an occassional foray to sample the green tomatoes just to make sure they still don't like them well enough to eat a whole one, they've pretty much left my veggies & herbs alone.

On the other hand, there are some very ingenious bunnies around my place who sometimes manage to make it under the chicken wire and through the fence to chew on things. That's pretty rare, too, though. Evidently it takes much less effort for them to gnaw on my hostas and daisies.

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3/29/11 3:49 P

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I can say this! They will eat eggplants! That and Nasturtium seeds!

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3/29/11 3:39 P

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Garden pests are such a pain!!! You just have to keep reading about how to foil them and squirrels can be the worst! For bulbs they recommend planting them in a little cage - you can make these out of chicken wire. For your garden you may need to fence AND cover it until things are sprouted. And you may consider getting the little buggers some corn so they have somewhere else to go and eat!

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3/29/11 3:35 P

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Great topic for me as we are planning to move in the next few months where there are squirrels.

Great link too! I don't currently live where it snows, but it does where we're moving to...should be an interesting adjustment & I like reading what plants do best in that environment...

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3/29/11 3:05 P

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thank you. the squirrels also dug up as many bulbs as they could. they also chewed through our internet cord and the company had to come fix it. last year I had a few pots and they ate my peas as soon as they were planted... which is why I'm not going to let them destroy what I've already put so much money and time into! thank you for the link!

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I'm still pretty new to gardening myself (starting my third year now), and although squirrels run rampant in my neighborhood, I've never had any problems with them (or any pests, including deer) getting into my harvest. However, I have not grown those particular plants either.

I'd recommend checking out our gardening guide. There is a great article there about deterring garden pests in natural ways. Hopefully that will give you some ideas.

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hi, new to the team & (brand) new to gardening. The squirrels & I are on the brink of an epic battle. I have some raised planter beds which they have gotten into (nothing planted yet) and I am fencing it in (diy and I'm a diy loser). I also wanted to do large patches for pumpkin, watermelon, squash, and corn. Will the squirrels get into these? What can I do to keep them out of my garden. I feel like the garden thing has been a money pit so far and I have no guarantee of a payback in terms of produce. Any help?

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