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   Doublesharp  Here's an old shot of my tomato patch featuring Mr Mcgregor's battery powered electric fence. My neighborhood has several black walnut trees and a huge squirrel population that consumes them. They used to enjoy munching on my best tomatoes but no longer. The fence is powered by 2 D cell batteries and the shock is similar to a static electricity charge. The front 2 wires are hot and the back 18" chicken wire is to slow the varmint down so they come in contact with the front wires. When a newby hits the fence they become very acrobatic trying to escape the shock and they learn quick. They give the mater patch a wide berth.
   April 9 at 18:51 EST .

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   Ole buzzard  Not to sound cruel or anything, but anything that causes a squirrel discomfort is A-OK with me!
April 9 at 19:31 EST .

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   Rake King  I agree as well. I had a neighbor who actually build a fully enclosed fenced garden,
not just sides, but a top as well, just to keep the little "robbers" out of his garden. It was very uncomfortable to work in, I like Doublesharp's idea better. The patent office is full of bird feeder ideas just to keep squirrels from stealing food. My neighbor has a different remedy...a BB gun. Course when he's off duty the squirrels have their way. I heard once that they actually hit the tomatos just for the water inside, and if you put a pan of water in your garden they will leave your tomato alone....sorry to say, it didn't work. Happy gardening.
April 10 at 09:04 EST .

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   StarFire  The squirrels seem to be avoiding our deck since I put out owl statues and dusted all the containers with a heavy layer of ground hot cayenne pepper from the Korean Market. They’ve even left my lettuce (their favorite) alone. And, they aren’t bothering my bird feeder since I put pepper in the bird seed.

I forgot the asparagus in another bed. The squirrels dug up the roots, but did not eat them.

Be warned... do NOT attempt to spread the pepper on a breezy day. Pepper in the eyes is not fun.
April 10 at 14:23 EST .

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   Doublesharp  I tried the pellet gun approach until I realized my misses (every shot) were perforating the vinyl siding on my back building. Doh!!!

This is the 3rd or 4th year that I've had the elec fence and the squirrels and other varmints stay out, including my little dogs. Barney touched his nose to the wire, gave a little yelp and does not go near it now. fast learner.

What finally set me off was the little beggers taking 2 bites out of a mature green tomato, tossing it and doing the same to another. Cost about $150 to protect 15-20 plants and I consider it money well spent.
April 11 at 10:15 EST .

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   Surfhut  In the words of my grandfather: There's only 2 things that money can't buy. That's true love and homegrown tomatoes.
April 11 at 11:51 EST .

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