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[–] I_Would_Gas_You 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Pretty sure they would get the message if you crucified a few on the gardens perimeter. Throw bird seed on them so the birds peck the fuck out of then

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[–] Caesarkid1 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I really enjoy how everyone here so far is encouraging you to simply kill the pesky squirrels. It restores some of my faith in humanity.

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[–] billyvvinz 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Came to say something similar. Can't help wanting to recommend blowing that shit off your shed. And maybe painting that mfr.

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[–] superkuh [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I spent about an hour yesterday cleaning out the gutters. In prior years I'd actually grown plants in them the "soil" was so thick. The roof and paint aren't going to happen though.

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[–] Demonsweat2 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Chicken wire hooked to a fence transformer.

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[–] BigMatteson 1 points 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

My great-granddaddy had a Remington Model 12A that he used for squirrels. It is chambered in .22 short, long and long rifle. I can vouch for it's effectiveness. CCI makes .22s that sound like an air rifle. I've shot it indoors(toward the outdoors) and you'd never know I was firing a gun inside.

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[–] superkuh [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I appreciate all the recommendations for killing them. I'd like to. Unfortunately my old-guy neighbor, who's been here for longer than I have, feeds the squirrels (and crows) and has been doing it for decades. It'd be unneighborly to kill them. Plus my city bans any projectiles being fired with over 2 joules energy.

In the first photo you can see a bell jar and clear plastic roof on the ground. I'd just taken them off after it seemed like the squirrel threat was over (plus it was getting hot out). They usually dig up near freshly disturbed dirt and it'd been weeks since I replanted after the first time they were dug up. Obviously this was a mistake.

Wood chips or rock (like with the 3 potted hardy kiwi on the right) help but don't completely stop the digging.

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[–] I_Would_Gas_You 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

The next logical step is to crucify the old man and blue squirrels to him. Mulch all after and grow passion fruit out of them

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[–] rndmvar 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Easy solution then. Squirrels and other prey animals know their predator cries. So, place some outdoor speakers hooked up to a motion detector, and have a constantly powered mp3 player looping something like below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVBxLXyleyQ

If they get close, the speakers will power on, and immediately blast predator cries at them. If they start growing courageous, just add new cries (owls, coyotes, cats, dogs, etc) to the playlist. The volume doesn't have to be very high. Just loud enough to hear it in the immediate garden area is fine.

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[–] Caesarkid1 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Lol if you're already making a electric project you might as well just put one of those tomato cages in the planter and electrify it. Wouldn't take long for dumb as fuck squirrels to realize it was a bad idea.

Edit: on a side note I bet you could sell a product specifically for this purpose. It could even be solar powered. It would need a big battery though.

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[–] elitch2 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

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[–] Jjdoggie84 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Get the 22. Drops them like a ton of bricks. Plenty of power and super quiet!

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[–] elitch2 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Oh, thought that's what I linked. I have the .22, and it kills everything. Quietly.

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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Just cage'em. Passion fruit don't a fuck once it gets established. It will happily grow right through.

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[–] superkuh [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I don't know why this didn't occur to me earlier. Thanks. I now have chicken wire cages over the top of the containers. That should keep 'em out. The damage they do in the soil/ground itself is usually less targeted.

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[–] Le_Squish 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

No worries, brah.

Your passion fruit will need a trellis by the way.

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[–] Mumbleberry 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

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