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Squirrels are eating my Halloween pumpkin!!

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 6:38 am in fox squirrel, Squirrels.

Squirrel “pumpkin diving” and eating. (Photo by Maureen in Lafayette, CA)
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Gary:
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

Maureen:
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.

Squirrel eating pumpkin. (Photo by Maureen in Lafayette, CA)
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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.)

Lois and Gary in their backyard garden in Benicia. Note the tall sunflower plants growing around them. (Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA)
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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.

Gary measuring the huge sunflower seed heads after hanging them on his back fence to make a squirrel smorgasbord. (Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA)
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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.

Sunflower blossom in Gary’s backyard garden. (Photo by Karl Nielsen, Benicia, CA)
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Long, hard winter? What’s that? /Gary

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