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8/22/12 1:14 P

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Goodness, I have squirrels too! Ground squirrels, and the other kind. We have 4 full grown walnut trees with so many walnuts it's unreal. The squirrels and crows are having a picnic with walnuts. I will have to get a very large package of cayenne pepper.

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A friend of mine refers to tulip bulbs as squirrel candy. I guess gophers feel the same way about them.

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8/21/12 9:42 P

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i'd forgotten about the cayenne pepper! It does work



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Now I remember why I never tried a bed of tulips, I did plant maybe one or two and the gophers always ate them. I am going to do it this time. I have an area picked out, hopefully more protected, I will use your ideas. Thanks

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8/21/12 11:32 A

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Making small chicken wire "baskets" work well for protecting many bulbs. Also the cayenne pepper keeps a lot of mammels away from bulbs. I sprinkle the Cayenne both below and over the the bulb and put a little on the top of the soil just to keep the squirrels from even trying to dig down to the bulbs.

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Crushed oyster shells should help

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Not sure if this works for gophers, but to keep squirrels from eating your bulbs, put red pepper(cayenne) on the bulb---I also put it in the hole where I put the bulb and also on top of the ground around where I first plant them---did not lose any. I found the cheapest way to get this pepper is at Sam's club---bet most of those type stores have the big container of it.

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I am in Australia.... Don't have those problems!

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I don't have those critters, racoons yes, and I am fighting with them all the time! LOL ...you might want to ask at your local garden center, they can give you good advice.... I always find mine very helpful all the time.



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8/20/12 10:52 P

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Always have gophers, we have a large field across the street. I guess I could use chicken wire. We had to use that around all our new trees.

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really very easy ... just follow the chart, I have lots of tulips and daffodills, really easy plants. As for the gopher issue ... do you have gophers? I have heard putting screening (large holes) around helps also any chemical deterent



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I have always wanted to plant tulips. It is probably the only thing I have never planted! They are on sale now and I finally did order. Any expert tulip planting and keeping gopher out advice would be helpful. emoticon

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