To get my fellow gardeners excited about Spring, here are some photographs of the pest-resistant cage I built in my back yard. Before the cage, birds and squirrels ate all of my blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and sweet corn. Now they cling to the wire and stare longingly. I just watch and laugh. As a bonus, the cage keeps my pug out, too — she’d eat anything she could reach (which, luckily, wasn’t much).
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Squirrels were scaring away the birds and eating all the seeds, so I bought a Yankee Flipper for my yard. Has a weight-activated spin cycle that works like a charm:
Here is my Type A solution to my Level 5 squirrel problem: a fully enclosed garden. Drives the vermin absolutely crazy. Contains 5 raised beds separated by crushed-gravel paths, all under an 8-foot ceiling. You can’t see them, but I use sturdy wire panels (the kind used for reinforcing cement floors and walls) to trellis tomatoes right up to the ceiling. But it’s not yet done. Still need to construct the vertical strawberry beds. Stop by in a few weeks for a photo update, if you’re into this kind of thing. Can’t wait for Spring.