Raccoon Resistant Veggies and Herbs

Hello Master Gardeners, We are thrilled to be living in a home — for the first time — that has space for a small garden. We are hoping to grow some vegetables and herbs in stainless steel container garden. Do…

Squirrels

Every year I have a terrible problem with squirrels.  They eat just about everything that I grow including hot peppers.  I grew ghost peppers last year thinking that surely they won’t touch those.  They would pull them off, put them…

Love but having problems with squirrels

How can I gently discourage squirrels from harvesting any young apples or especially strawberries? Neither the apple tree or strawberry are especially plentiful, but my family and I were hoping to see fruit grow and ripen. Alas, these neighbourhood squirrels…

Squirrel Damage to Evergreens

Dear Master Gardener Many thanks for your quick reply a few days ago concerning my loss of evergreen branches due to very aggressive squirrels. Yes, the snip is at an angle which confirms your thinking about squirrels doing the damage.…

Planting and Harvesting Vegetables and Squirrels

This is my first season in Toronto and I am about to start a small vegetable garden. I have sown beets and I am about to plant zucchini squash starters but I am worried about the squirrels. They seem to…

wretched squirrels destroying tulips

I learned to plant my tulips deep to deter the squirrels They come up vigorously each spring. As soon as the flower is completely open the damned squirrels break the tops off, leave them lying around, they don’t even eat…

squirrels digging up my lawn

Squirrels keep ruining my efforts to grow a lush lawn by digging spiral-like shallow holes in the grass. Recently I raked thatch and dry patches of grass in a thin burnt part of the lawn that I intend to re-seed…

Will our squirrels eat gladiolus buds?

There are many squirrels on my apartment building’s grounds here in downtown Toronto. They have eaten easter lillies before they even got a chance to bloom. I planted some gladiolus bulbs recently (apparently white with red centres).  They’re coming up…