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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 7, 2010 1:20 PM CST
Thank you so much to Debbie for sharing this recipe from a friend.

PROTECTING YOUR GARDEN

This is a Great recipe for protecting your garden. And believe me it works. A kind gardener
gave me this recipe when I first started gardening. This was her post to me:

“Debbie, my sister swears by the following recipe to keep away squirrels, moles, mice, racoons, possums, etc. from her garden. She has used it for years.

I bet it works for geese and snakes too. The dogs go around my garden now. It doesn’t hurt the animals, but it does keep them out. It’s like an electric fence . They go up to it and turn around

Into an old milk jug add:

2 cups water
3/4 Tbsp ground cayenne pepper
1/3 Small bottle of hot tabasco sauce
1 Tbsp Caster Oil
Squirt of liquid dishwashing detergent (Dawn or any other)
Shake everything well

Pour on plants or the ground where bulbs are planted. It doesn't harm plants or environment. You can mix bottles ahead of time and store as long as you wish.

Also, do not try putting it in a sprayer. The castor oil and soap makes it too thick to come out of a sprayer.

Probably the best way to use it is to just pour it out of the bottle or jug, or if you have an old watering can that you can drill the holes bigger in it, that would be ideal.

For birdseeds, another trick that I use (my DS gave it to me) is to put cayenne pepper and tabasco sauce in a big plastic baggie. Shake well. Then throw in bird seeds and shake. Doesn't hurt birds and they don't even notice the hotness, yet keeps away mice, raccoons, etc. I especially like this because it doesn't draw rats/mice when cracked seeds fall to the ground.
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Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8 (Zone 8a)
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Ridesredmule
Sep 7, 2010 2:20 PM CST
Very Good....
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Sep 7, 2010 2:22 PM CST
Thanks Lynn - this is a great forum!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Sep 7, 2010 2:42 PM CST
I don't know why I didn't start this long ago. I hate hunting through threads trying to find a helpful hint. Sticking tongue out
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
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BlueFox
Sep 7, 2010 2:59 PM CST
Hurray!
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Sep 8, 2010 6:50 AM CST
Great idea - nice to have one place to look!
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Name: Debbie
Denham Springs, La. zone 8b (Zone 8b)
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Debbie
Sep 11, 2010 1:05 AM CST
I just found this Lynn. Thanks so much for me to have a place to link others to, in times of stress, uh, I mean pest. Rolling on the floor laughing

Is that your dog? He (or she) is precious!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Sep 11, 2010 8:19 AM CST
You are so welcome Debbie.
That's Nikki she tries really hard to keep the pest away, but it's difficult since she is an indoor dog most of the time. She will not tolerate feathered or furry things in her yard. In that picture she just saw a bird land in the yard on the other side of the creek.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Oct 17, 2010 7:36 PM CST
Here are a couple more things to help with birds and squirrels.
Owls: These have to be moved every couple of days to remain effective. But I am finding that they work really well if I move them around the beds.
I bought these online, but garden centers may carry them, I just don't have any close by. The holographic one seems to work better, probably because of the movement and reflecting colors.
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Oct 17, 2010 7:40 PM CST
Rubber Snakes: Have really worked well for me. Again, the trick is moving them around the beds. Wish I could find a nice gopher snake one.
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Name: Linda
M'boro, (Middle)TN (Zone 6b)
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LuvNature
Oct 17, 2010 9:39 PM CST
I would have a heart attack if I came upon one of those snakes! Blinking Sticking tongue out

Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Oct 18, 2010 9:56 AM CST
I made sure to let my DH know they were out there. I told him so he wouldn't have a heart attach or in a panic chop them into little pieces. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
The birds must feel the same way, they have not bothered the baby semps since I put the snakes out there.
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Jun 2, 2011 6:50 AM CST
After literally years of my semps getting dug up by a critter nearly every night, I have finally found the ultimate in pest control and have won the battle!!! I’ve tried fences, mouse traps, live traps, glue traps, repellents (liquid, blood-based, pellets, powder), shiny objects (aluminum pans, bright metallic strung beads), plastic snakes and poison. Nothing phased this destructive monster. Then last weekend at our local Ace Hardware store I came across this ultrasonic heavy duty pest repeller. Since the day I plugged it in, I haven’t had one single semp dug up!! It’s a miracle!!! (I believe the culprits are voles, since I have seen them around our yard.)

It works by emitting quiet ultrasonic sounds that disrupt the pests’ habitat and affects their feeding and communication habits so they leave. It has a bunch of different settings that work on different pests: Mice, rats, small rodents, bats, spiders, insects/bugs, fleas, flies, ticks, cockroaches, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, opossum. And it has a range of 2,000 – 3,500 sq. ft., depending on the setting you use. (They also sell bird repellers.)

It’s not cheap, but was worth every penny to me. I got the Transonic Pro model. Here is the link. This link shows the price at $95, but I paid $45. http://www.bird-x.com/transonic-pro-p-29.html

So when everything else fails, I really recommend one of these. I do the happy dance every morning when I find all my plants where they belong!

Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
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BlueFox
Jun 2, 2011 10:28 AM CST
I might need that one soon - I've spotted rabbits right in the yard! Bracken is loud and obnoxious, but I doubt if he's fast enough to catch them. My little terrier used to catch them, and eat them - and they were as big as her!

Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
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goldfinch4
Jun 2, 2011 10:59 AM CST
I scared a baby rabbit out of hiding in the garden last night. It was only about 6" long. I looked around but didn't find any nests, so I hope it was just passing through, although that's pretty small to be out on it's own. Those terriers are fiesty little dogs! Rolling on the floor laughing
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jun 2, 2011 8:22 PM CST
Mine found a bunny nest last Monday. I won't go into detail.
Wonder if it will work on cats. I do see they have one that will work on birds.
Chris, do you have a photo of a vole to post in your above post? Or any pest?
Name: Chris
Ripon, Wisconsin
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Sages Forum moderator Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Database Moderator
Seller of Garden Stuff I sent a postcard to Randy! Sempervivums Sedums Region: Wisconsin Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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goldfinch4
Jun 3, 2011 1:00 AM CST
This one won't work on cats or dogs, but I read in their testimonials that one of them does. I'll work on finding a pest picture to post too.
Cubits Store: The Sempervivum Patch - plants, containers, accessories!
Also stop by Timber Treasures and Garden Buddies on Cubits
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jun 3, 2011 9:14 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Watching for the pest picture. : )
Name: BlueFox
Grand Forks, B.C. Cdn. Zone 5A (Zone 4a)
Romantic & Rustic, Xeric & Organic
Charter ATP Member Sedums Sempervivums Region: Canadian Garden Art Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Cactus and Succulents Butterflies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Xeriscape Garden Ideas: Level 1
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BlueFox
Jun 6, 2011 9:25 PM CST
Too bad I didn't take a picture of the pesky chipmunk in the greenhouse caught in the rat trap. Rolling my eyes. I just couldn't bring myself to take a photo of it...
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Jun 6, 2011 11:08 PM CST
I always feel so bad about doing the furry creatures in. Like the tiny bunnies that are native to our area. They are very small and very cute, but very destructive. The dogs keep them at bay.

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