Fruits of our Labor Lost

Well, that was tragic. Overnight, one berry totally gone and the other left with teeth marks. I hope this isn’t some sort of metaphorical omen about my marriage. Or maybe it’s somewhat literal… At some point, a giant squirrel will eat me and just take a nibble out of my wife.

Any tips on garden defense? A moat and a drawbridge?

-Phillip

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  1. Critters and birds are a determined lot! They usually outsmart our defenses. You might try some wire cages around them and then wrap those with a netting that birds can’t get through. Depending on the size of your containers, something like a tomato cage/support system might work. Or maybe you could make a cage from some heavy-duty wire cloth with a small mesh size, like 1/4-inch.

  2. A friend suggested painting rocks red and putting them in the strawberry patch before the fruit comes in. Birds/squirrels find them inedible, then ignore the real berries when they come in.
    Might be too late this year, but if you’re planting those in the ground, you could try it next year.
    Rocks may or may not be a good omen for your marriage…

  3. Well in Texas we put berries behind a chicken wire fence. Then we attach the fence to the 220 house service. Tends to get the attention of whoever is messin with the crops

  4. Idea # 1. I agree with jmmcdowell, use some netting material with very small holes and wrap it around the strawberries. If you don’t have or can’t find that, try cheesecloth which can be found in almost any store.

    Idea # 2. If you have room in the container, buy a Marigold or two and transplant them beside the strawberries. Marigolds smell so bad they keep away almost all pests. If you decide to put them in a garden next spring, definitely plant Marigolds too.

    On the “giant squirrels” idea, don’t worry. Squirrels are vegetarian. The worst thing they might do to a human is bite your toe.

    1. Had no idea about the marigolds. Great advice!

  5. So sad!!!!! Glad you’re getting some good advice from gardeners.

  6. Oh, that is awful! Those were nice looking strawberries, too. I’ve learned to plant only what the critters don’t eat or to surround what they will eat with a high fence (that’s what we do with our tomato plants). Good luck!

  7. I thought I’d do a general reply here and thank everyone for their fruit-thief fighting advice! Based on our setup, it seems like some sort of chicken-wire cage would work best. I like your idea John, but I know me, and I know that I would give myself a jolt heading out to the garage every morning. Actually, that may not be a bad idea… 🙂

    Hopefully the next garden report will be better news. Thanks again folks. I love the Internet!

  8. Your local hardware store will likely carry products that you can spray on your flowers and other plants to keep the animals away. I buy one called Liquid Fence. Smells terrible, but it works great in deterring chipmunks and rabbits. And it’s a lot less work than building some sort of fence contraption.

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