Squirrels Eating My Pumpkin!!!
Are we in for a long, hard winter? The squirrels don’t usually start snacking on my pumpkins until AFTER Halloween!
Maureen in Lafayette
Looks to me like that squirrel is just getting an early start on trick or treating to make sure it beats out the other trick or treating squirrels in your neighborhood.
I used to have the same problem until I started planting 10-foot-tall sunflowers in my backyard garden.
Now the squirrels are sooo fat from climbing those sunflowers and gobbling up all those tasty, high-calorie sunflower seeds … they don’t have any room for my pumpkins. (Try it sometime, you’ll like it.)
When the sunflower seeds are all ripe, I also cut off the huge seed heads and hang them on the back fence to make it easier for the squirrels to get to them.
That guarantees the rest of my garden — pumpkins, tomatoes, egg plants, squash, beans, strawberries, peppers, etc. — is safe from the squirrels. They’re stuffed FULL with sunflower seeds and don’t even look at anything else.
Long, hard winter? What’s that? /Gary