Since posting on my visiting squirrel I have given great thought as to whether I should encourage these visits or not. So far most replies I received from the gardening message board gave tips on what to do to get rid of them like sprinkling chilli pepper around the area. I had no positive comments at all from there or on my original post . However, it was the comments about squirrels eating bulbs that finally did it.
I am a gardener first and I am happy to share my garden with visiting wildlife. This autumn I have probably planted the most bulbs in one year since I began gardening. I have recently been picking up spring bulbs in garden Centres at half price and still have a number to plant yet! I have bought more Alliums which I am thrilled about. I am planting the bulbs in pots which I will bury in the garden to protect them from being dug up by me and this has taken some time. Therefore, why should I protect the bulbs from me but allow squirrels to eat or damage them?
I put out peanuts in a dish and on the ground for the hedgehogs – in particular the juveniles. I will continue to do this but only in the evening and then early morning the blackbirds will get what’s left. So, as the picture above suggests the final contest came down to the Squirrel versus the Bulbs and the Bulbs one hands down! The photo below shows the squirrel feeder I bought which will now be returned to the shop – decision made!
Finally, I have to add that I have been putting peanuts at the entrance to the hedgehog house I built in another area of my garden. The peanuts are now being eaten and this area looks like it has had some traffic as the leaves have been flattened. My video camera is out at the moment to see if it can record any activity – perhaps it is the squirrel who has found them or I wonder if we have a resident in our hedgehog house! It’s a pity my camera is outside as at the moment I can see the wren at my pond edge! Mmm I am tempted to move my camera.