Don’t let this cute little face fool you. Once a friend now a foe. We would awwww and ooooohhh as these furry little friends ran across our fence in the backyard every morning hunting for food. It was cute to watch these little friends jump from our fence to the street, climb up the neighbor’s persimmon tree and snatch a big juicy fruit. It was even more entertaining to watch them juggle this big fruit and run back to our fence, then sit and munch away. My mouth would water as his paws got sticky with persimmon juice and crumbs fell from his mouth. I would even think… hmmm I wonder if squirrels can be trained to fetch me a juicy ripe persimmon… LOL I’m thinking ‘yes!’ They are smart and tricky little critters.
I’ve been waiting patiently for my garden to grow and now I believe miracles do occur because the seedlings I’ve planted on Earth Day are growing. Lettuce sprouts, kale sprouts, tomatoes and cilantro all survived the wrath of my brown thumb. Unlucky for the cucumber and kale sprouts, zucchini blossom, and strawberry that just peeked it’s head, got bitten off by my furry foe, mr. not so cute anymore squirrel.
So what did I do? I covered the baby sprouts with those plastic strawberry baskets thinking it will deter the critter, but he’s too smart. He pushes it aside and flips it up. I wish I had a spy cam to capture how he did this. So I put a rock on top of the basket and he still manages to poke thru the tiny openings and nibble. Poor cucumber sprouts! There’s not even a single leaf left for me to even take a picture of it.
This means war!
Watch out Mr. Squirrel… you might get a spicy surprise the next time you visit. Muahahahaha!