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How I Keep Squirrels from Digging Up My Seedlings and Seeds

By Xeramtheum
March 20, 2016

There is nothing more disheartening than checking on your seedlings and pots only to discover that the squirrels have been digging in them. This is my solution to keeping squirrels out of my seedlings and pots in the spring.

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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Mar 19, 2016 6:19 PM CST
I do the same thing! Green Grin! For shorter plants, like seedlings, you can use the web trays that you often get when you buy a flat of annuals. I put the seed trays/seedlings in one, the turn another over the top and twisty tie it on. Truly a life-saver from the marauding squirrels and chipmunks!

When you use the trays/baskets directly on the ground, a few landscape fabric pins work well to hold them in place.

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Mar 19, 2016 8:47 PM CST
@Xeramtheum

In your second pic, how do you keep the upside down basket on (the round green pot) and not coming off?

Where in the dollar tree store do you find the baskets? How long, wide and deep are they? How much do they cost?
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Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Danita
Mar 19, 2016 9:16 PM CST
I'm not X, but they are two for a dollar, sold in pairs, in the plastic container section at our store. Our store had clear frosted, and blue frosted. They measure approximately 14" x 11" x 3.5" .
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Mar 19, 2016 10:36 PM CST
Danita's right .. and it's just laying on top of the pot.
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 20, 2016 8:07 AM CST
Thank you for the tip. Thumbs up

I'm always looking for ways to keep my free ranging chickens from getting into my seedlings. This tip will work for them too.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Mar 20, 2016 8:19 AM CST
Danita's tray tip works good too - I also look for wire baskets used for paper at offices at the thrift store and use those as well.
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Mar 20, 2016 1:55 PM CST
@Xeramtheum and @Danita

Thanks for your tips! I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Mar 20, 2016 5:19 PM CST
This is awesome! I would have never thought of that! Year before last I had to put down remay over my corn seeds and sunflowers because the area was so big. For all of my smaller plantings I was at a loss and couldn’t figure out what to do. Thank you!
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
Only dead fish go with the flow!
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Xeramtheum
Mar 20, 2016 6:48 PM CST
You're welcome!
"The Universe speaks in many languages, but only one voice. It speaks in the language of hope; It speaks in the language of trust; It speaks in the language of strength, and the language of compassion. It is the language of the heart and the language of the soul. But always, it is the same voice. It is the voice of our ancestors, speaking through us, And the voice of our inheritors, waiting to be born. It is the small, still voice that says: We are one. No matter the blood; No matter the skin; No matter the world; No matter the star; We are one. No matter the pain; No matter the darkness; No matter the loss; No matter the fear; We are one. Here, gathered together in common cause. we agree to recognize this singular truth, and this singular rule: That we must be kind to one another, because each voice enriches us and ennobles us, and each voice lost diminishes us. We are the voice of the Universe, the soul of creation, the fire that will light the way to a better future. We are one."

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Name: Linda
SE Houston, Tx. (Hobby) (Zone 9a)
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Gymgirl
Mar 21, 2016 11:32 AM CST
AWESOME tip! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

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