I've decided to embrace my squirrels. It may seem an odd choice, especially since they have caused irreparable damage to some of my plants and picked my serviceberry clean. But as the saying goes, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
On the advice of Karen at 1-2-3 Go Garden, I have started feeding them. In a recent blogger exchange, Karen left me a note saying that she has a big feeder in her garden and the squirrels tend to leave her plants alone. That sounded like an easy solution to me. So I picked up a Squirrel Snacker.
And voila! Here's the scene that greeted me when I got home tonight. A squirrel digging in to a mix of seed and corn. So the "snacker" is working. Whether it will distract the squirrels from the plants remains to be seen. But so far, so good. One thing is for sure though. These squirrels have a huge appetite. If this is going to work, I think I'm going to need a bigger feeder.