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Please can someone advise me how can I stop the squirrels from digging up my bulbs and eating them? I've tried grating soap over the areas where the bulbs where planted, however the squirrels kept away for a few days but now they've had a feast!
Excellent idea, I'll give it a go - thank you
There is a technique, recommened by the RSPB, for detering squirrels from eating peanuts. The nuts can be dusted in chilli powder. It's harmless to birds, but squirrels hate it. You could dust the bulbs with the same, or sprinkle some on the surface. I don't know whether it would be rain resistant.
Unfortunately, it's not. I have found chicken wire to work, though - just be careful you don't scratch yourself with the cut ends.
I use pea netting & gently remove it off emerging shoots next Spring. Tulips however I only grow in large pots, plus netting/wire mesh covers, as otherwise they do not stand a chance in my garden. J.
Why would anybody plant a squirrel?
I use cutttings of holly stuck in between the bulbs to deter the squirrels. It looks better than chicken wire on pots, and the holly stays green for weeks.
It was going to be mine too :- D
Last year I planted 100 bulbs and found 100 holes a few days later! Now I only grow bulbs in pots and overwinter in the greenhouse. On the plus side, the squirrels are amusing to watch and as well as hiding windfalls in my hanging baskest I've seen one running down the garden with a birdfeeder of nuts under its arm (leg?) !
I have 2 cats and a dog who keep the squirrels out of the garden, the squirrels mostly keep the cats busy and then they leave the birds alone. I always water the soil after planting, pick up all the debris from the bulbs and then release the beasts.