Squirrel is destroying cukes

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Start you cucumbers in 4" plastic pots and allow them to grow in the pots until they are too large to interest the squirrel. Once the seedlings reach 3", they can be knocked out of the pots and planted in the ground with no slowdown in growth. I do this every spring on a hot, sunny, cement patio area. The seeds sprout and grow more rapidly then they do when planted in the ground.
John
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so put in more wires, put a milk crate or make a box from 1" or less opening chicken wire .. 3 sided of course and put that down over the plants anchor it with heavy wires bent into a long U shape .. like long staples, on each side at least, if it's longer then use 4 or 6 however many it takes to do the job.. leave it over them until they're big enough to fill it up.. or leave it in place if they can grow through it ok, although I would think they holes too small for something to not get tangled in it.. but if you want to take it off each day later in the day, weight it down with bricks or rocks to keep it from picking it up, if it digs under, then find some scrap metal and push it down in the ground around the edges, you just have to be more persistent and smarter than the squirrel, if you try something and it's not enough, do more! make it so the squirrel can't jump through wires, put up more wires, connect them vertically .. without letting them touch the ground.. just weave in some more wire up and down between the wires.. I'd put in another below and between the wires, and maybe over it.. but yup, they're evil pests.. hate 'em.
Even something like a laundry basket would deter the beast a little, maybe enough to go elsewhere, but if it is plastic, he might chew through it to get to them. Is there a shortage of plants there still this spring, or does it just love cucumbers? If there is a shortage of forage plants for the beast, yeah you could just distract it by providing a few seeds and some water elsewhere. If there are lots of things to eat, then cover and protect, if you know it's schedule, watch it to see what it's doing and correct accordingly.
Janice
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