Garden Guests and Pests and…Anarchists?

I respect all creatures, even the garden pests so I’ve learned to garden around them. Our garden is free of pesticides, baits and traps. That doesn’t mean I’m not annoyed when I round the corner as I did last week and find the squirrel feasting on our pumpkin plant. Grumble, grumble, grumble.  As a society, we’ve encroached so much on nature. Who am I to refuse a bit of my garden bounty in return?

Garden pest…

Slippery Snail

Garden guest…

Relocating to denser shrubs for safe keeping

Garden guest and occasional pest…

Neighbor Kitty, Everybody’s Best Friend

Garden guest, pest and anarchist…

Please, help yourself

Who drops by your garden uninvited?  Have you discovered humane solutions to keep them at bay?

11 thoughts on “Garden Guests and Pests and…Anarchists?

  1. Oh, that squirrel really has some nerve! Makes himself right at home on your swing, munching away. So brazen! Great photo, I must add, and I can’t help but smile when I look at it. : ) Trouble though he may be, he sure is cute. Nice of you to share a bit of your bounty with the little critter.

    Our garden pests include white flies, which have a field day with our hibiscus. Hubby has used pesticide, then resorted to cutting off portions of the affected trees. We also have snails, though I’m reluctant to call them pests, as I’m actually rather fond of them. As a matter of fact, just today I was working on an upcoming blog post about our snail-relocation project!

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    • I can’t wait to read that post, CC! White flies are difficult, aren’t they? I’ve never been successful and usually simply isolate and remove the plant. I wonder if any of the beneficial insects (praying mantis, lady bugs) will eat them?

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  2. Living at a lake the biggest pests were the Canada Geese. We loved seeing the little ones in the spring but later, O’crap…litterally. My neighbor once tried sprinkling grape Kool-aid on the lawn being told they didn’t like the bitter taste, only to find the usual suspects marching around her purple lawn.

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  3. I would love some tips on dealing with snails and slugs. They’re munching on peas. I’d prefer not to wage a genocidal campaign against them, but rather convince them that they really don’t want to hang out in my community garden plot.

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    • The most effective, and humane way of ridding yourself of snails is to hand pick them. You simply gather them up at dusk, one by one and take them somewhere else to feast. If you have a local trail, or other outdoor space that wouldn’t mind the extra snails.

      Depending on the size of your space, you can erect barriers. They will not cross copper banding (it shocks them) or diatomaceous earth.

      Good luck!

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