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Arum maculatum, cuckoopint, lords and ladies

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 17:38

That, sadly, sounds very likely if you have not had extremely hot compost.  One of the reasons for not composting pernicious weeds! 

Arum maculatum, cuckoopint, lords and ladies

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 16:45

Indeed, like just about everything else they don't much like having their heads chopped off on a regular basis!  Keep hoeing every time you spot them, and dig up if and when you can. 

Funny really, it;s another one of those plants that is one persons horrendous weed, and another one someone can't get to grow no matter what.

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:14

Absolutely love the whirligig thing, that would give me hours of entertainment and might even get the furry rats to stop!!  Can I get it here?  Thanks a million for that.

Not so keen on electric shocks, as I'm not sure unite how green that is - but eventually I might be happy to try that too.

Not shooting anything here, thanks though.

Cayenne does not work here, tried it to the point it almost made me cry when I hung the feeder it was so strong.  Tried it dried, powdered and fresh - no go for these terrors..  Birds didn't notice (they can't taste it), the squirrel jumped the first time then just carried on as usual. 

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 15:45

Thank you to those who gave various suggestions regarding squirrels and the deterrence thereof.  Sliding down feeder covers don't work because squirrels soon learn to approach from above and not to to touch the perches so the covers don't close.  iI have used chilli, fresh, oil and raw until the seeds were bright red - it deterred them for about half an hour! I am tempted by the clear domes mentioned, but am unsure as to how I could affix them to the site where the feeder is.  Moving it is not an option if I want to see any birds who manage to make it there.  I'll examine that idea for the future - thank you. 

They certainly do not leave the bird feeder alone if they get fed, they just empty their feeder and then attack the birds one.  When I tried that I got through around 4 kilo's of peanuts in a day!  I can't keep that up even if I wanted to - and I don't, I'd rather they starved thanI  feed them, and it made no difference whatsoever to how much they took from the bird feeders.   I am experimenting with prickly foliage around the metal poles, they don't like it much but soon learn to get between the prickles.

Hate them tho' I do, you do have to give them 10/10 for persistence and cleverness!



squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 20:10

That's all I wanted really, just a chance to get some others on board!  Interesting about a horizontal line to hang the feeder from, I can't see any reason why they should not walk across it, but am certainly willing to give it a go - let's be honest - I'll try anything by now. 

Runnybeak, I am so glad we don't have moles as well - poor you, my friend invested in an electric sound maker which she says works, but I guess like me with the rats, you've tried it all?

Dave M.,  I'd love to try a shotgun but I'd probably shoot the neighbours, who are very nice people, and the chance of my hitting the squirrels is remote. I know they are an import, that makes it even worse somehow doesn't it? 

stepover trees

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:24

Wow, deeply impressed, hope you have great good luck with them - maybe a photo when they are in flower?

ID please

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:22

No need to get rid of it, just treat it with respect - don't eat it, and teach others to do the same.   If we get rid of all that is poison our how will anyone learn to deal with these plants when they occur in the wild?  They will not poison your veggies, and the plant is quite attractive, and the birds like it.  Learn to live with it I would say, and teach others to do the same. 

squirrels and their cleverness

Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:19

I HATE squirrels!  We have a great number of them around here, and several of those regard our garden as their private banqueting hall.  I love to feed the birds, and as I don't always manage to get around easily, I need to have the feeder somewhere where I can see it, and thus the birds,g from my computer table window, from whence I am writing this.

We have lived here for 18 years, and in all that time I have been fighting to keep the squirrels off the feeders.

I have bought just about every brand and style of 'squirrel proof' feeder on the market, and not one of them is.  I have treated the feed with every flavour they are supposed to dislike, and they just ignore it.  I have used garlic, salt, soap, chilli - both fresh and dried - pepper, and probably several others I can't quite recall now.

I would not encourage other types of rats to come to my garden, so why do we have to put up with these?  We are not allowed to trap them - well, you can, but you are not permitted then to let them go as they are vermin (hear hear) so what do you do with your trapped beast?  I'm certainly not going to try and kill it, I'd almost certainly get bitten as I nearly did when I soaked one inside a `squirrel proof' feeder last year, soaking wet you could see there was no disguise for the stinking rat it is.  I do dislike them intensely but I'm not going to hit it and cause it dreadful suffering, I don't kill anything if I know about it and am not starting here. 

I could put the feeder in the middle of the grassy area, from whence I would not see it, and the birds would not use it as there would be no cover - I'm stumped!  I don't expect anyone to come up with a definitive answer, I just wanted to vent as I sit here with my cold water spray trying to catch them.  It is the only thing they run away from, and that only for a few seconds, but I cannot be there 10 hours a day with the window open, and even if I could, thy'd just get used to it I am sure.  

I've chased them off 17 times in the 10 minutes it took to write this - grrrrr.




Posted: 04/11/2014 at 16:02

The most wonderful of these shrubs grew (and possibly still does) in the garden of my family in Texas!  That might give a clue as to why they do not do terribly well here?

Growing basil indoors

Posted: 30/10/2014 at 20:43

Hey, I do a funny walk at the best of times!  However, the less said about that the better ………...

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