Gardening with Squirrels

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I am trying to grow pepper in my garden. Tomatoes grow fantastically. I have no problem growing them. Especially cherry tomatoes. As well as herbs; mint, basil, dill, parsley, thyme. It is very easy grow mint in Portland, lots of rain, mint grow all year around. However, growing pepper is questionable. It is too much rain, not enough sunshine. Moreover, squirrels love to eat peppers! Unfortunately I live in a very squirrelly neighborhood.
I made a fence around my garden to protect my peppers and lettuce from squirrels. I also bought a greenhouse, put on my large deck. The deck gets better sunshine. The only problem with that, squirrels figured out to climb and have a snack with my peppers. I am trying to find a way to get rid of them. So far, they are winning the battle. This morning I put crashed hot pepper around my pepper plant. Let’s see if that will stop peppers eating by Squirrels!
DIY squirrel repellent:
Hot pepper seeds; Sprinkle crushed dried cayenne peppers around plants.
They also recommend planting mint around tomatoes and pepper to protect them. In my experience, mint did not stop squirrels at all. They still come to my garden. I grow spearmint, peppermint, chocolate mint, and Corsican mint. They smell wonderful, I use them into my cooking as well as with ice tea, and lemonades.
Some garden websites also suggest aromatic spices to get rid off squirrels from the garden.
Cinnamon
Cayenne pepper
Garlic pepper
Ground black and white pepper
Cajun
Red hot chili pepper
Squirrels do not like these spice smells.
You can also sprinkle coffee grounds all around the plants, as I did. That did not have any effect on squirrels, but helped to get rid off snails and slugs. For slugs, spreading broken egg shells on the soil is effective.
You may try spraying a mixture of 1 gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of hot sauce or garlic puree onto the plant, but they need to be reapplied after a heavy dew or rain.
Squirrels love to dig up flower bulbs, eat pepper, lettuce, arugula, strawberry, even some flowers too.
You may try using Squirrels repellents such as Shake Away and Squirrel B Gone are made of concentrated predator urine. I have not try them.

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