Sunday, July 8, 2012

Add A Little Irish To Your Game

It's tomato season. Or at least it should be.

I've harvested a fair number of cherry tomatoes, and I've been keeping an eye on several full-sized fruits. Last week I harvested one of them, but over the past few days the still quite green tomatoes have been mysteriously disappearing from the vine.

The other day I saw a squirrel scampering off with a suspicious-looking green orb in it's mouth, so I think I know where they're going. Since the weather's been record setting here (yesterday it was 108º, and the 10th consecutive day with a high temperature over 100º). I almost felt sorry for the squirrel. Almost. Then I got angry.

I've tried quite a few homemade animal deterrents in the garden, with mixed success. Yesterday when I was out running errands there was a garden show on the radio. The host mentioned the smell of Irish Spring soap puts off a lot of animals. Hubby Tony uses generic Irish Spring. I came home, cut up a bar of soap, and threw it around the tomato and pepper plants. We got a nice rain last night and this morning when I checked some of the smaller slivers had melted, but there were still quite a few chunks laying on the ground.

I HOPE this works. It doesn't seem fair that I'm doing all the work and not reaping any of the benefits, does it?

5 comments:

  1. I hope it works, too. Buggers.

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  2. I totally gave up with squirrels in Illinois, just like I've almost given up with birds in Hawaii who eat our papayas and tomatoes. My daughter tried rubber snakes, but I think the squirrels just laughed. Do let us know if the Irish Spring works so I can tell my daughter.

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  3. I didn't know they liked tomatoes! Hope it works!

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  4. I fear you may have met your match. Squirrels are crafty critters. If this works you'll be able to quit your day job, and the world will bless you.

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  5. and soap is harmless (and clean! :-)


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