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Bulb HALP please [Sep. 22nd, 2013|12:14 pm]
Organic Gardening - Flowers, Fruits, Vegetables


I love the surprise of spring bulb plants, but I have fewer every year. I suspect squirrels
are digging them up. I feel like that guy in the movie Caddy Shack with the damned gophers.

Any hints on keeping all 20 of the new bulbs I want to plant from being rodent snacks?
I was thinking of sprinkling them with chili powder or hot pepper?

[User Picture]From: ladyjanelly
2013-09-22 06:29 pm (UTC)
Even black pepper works wonders.
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[User Picture]From: ranunculus
2013-09-22 09:22 pm (UTC)
Narcissus bulbs generally are not eaten by gophers. Other bulbs are indeed found tasty. The most effective method of protecting any plant is to put it in a wire mesh "bowl" in the ground. Hardware cloth (a wire mesh) can be bought at most hardware stores. It has 1/2" squares and is highly effective.
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[User Picture]From: yarrowkat
2013-09-22 09:37 pm (UTC)
this is how i'd approach the problem, too. chicken wire or hardware cloth under ground, lining the bulb garden.
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