Monday, December 08, 2014

Annnnnd, this must be why people don't like squirrels in the garden

I never understood why people don't love squirrels. They are so destructive? Our first grey squirrel has been loving the sunflower seeds I put out for the bigger birds. He is pudgy and happy. Until today. I went out and found this:

There are holes all around my greenhouse, about 6" apart.

Close up. They are quite deep and stirring up my Back to Eden layers.

This is part of the new garden. The garden I've wrecked my shoulder smoothing out these layers to perfection. {it is on the mend but taking forever} These holes are all over both back yards but worse next door. 

So, for now, the feeder is sitting on the counter. 

Am I wrong to blame the squirrel? I have not seen him doing this. It would NOT hold up in court as it's purely circumstantial. Can anyone confirm that it is indeed squirrel mayhem?

PS...he will not be harmed, I'm just removing his food and hoping he moves on before he finds my bulbs. 


Powell River Books said...

My garden had holes in it all last winter. I would fill them in, and they would reappear in a slightly different spot. Come spring I found a mouse's nest all filled with fluff. It took me all spring to finally get the little critter out and away from my veggies that got nibbled to the roots. - Margy

Mark Willis said...

Yes, this is typical squirrel behaviour. I find that they also often bury nuts and seeds (e.g. chestnuts) so you may find some plants (such as chestnut trees!) coming up in unexpected places.

Erin said...

Oh I love mice. How cute would that be!!

Erin said...

I can't wait to see want I get. I'm certain there will be sunflowers EVERYWHERE!!!

Gardeningbren said...

If it were my yard, I would say raccoon (night behavior and that's why you don't see them) or skunk. Raccoons dig up the grubs in the soil. I have never seen our red squirrels dig up my lawn, but they do bury acorns and such in the forest. I don't think they like getting their hands dirty ;-)

Erin said...

I will keep my eyes open. We do have raccoons around here. Hmmmm.