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Devastated and gutted, a squirrel has just destroyed my first aubergine

  • Devastated and gutted, a squirrel has just destroyed my first aubergine

Don't particularly like to 'net' all my fruit and veg plants, purely on aesthetic consideration. Any suggestions?

Comments (6)

  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Commiserations Zemin - I felt the same way when a charming, but thieving, child took the the first and only cherry left by the birds on a young Morello tree I'd grown. I'd been saving it for a Manhattan cocktail and had literally mixed the cocktail and gone to pick it. I saw the blighter pop it in his mouth and screw up his face because it was sour! Bless.

  2. Grower


    Haha . Love this . Seriously , you are only joking , aren't you ?

  3. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Not joking - absolutely true. If you've grown only one ripe cherry you need to celebrate it, which was my intent :-)

    This year there are more. If the birds don't once again get them first, I'll use them for a drinks party. How better to celebrate what you grow?

    Like you I don't Iike the look of nets, but may have to succumb if I fail again.

  4. Grower

    C. McCombie

    Have you tried a stuffed toy, in the shape of a cat, sat near the tree? If you move it regularly, it helps to keep the birds guessing. Seems to work with my strawberries. My cherries are just coming in to decent cropping, so I net as well.

  5. Grower

    C. McCombie

    It wouldn't work with squirrels though.

  6. Grower


    Hmmm net & netting ..... Have to rethink another strategy. May be I should get a real pet dog and train it to chase squirrels . Like the idea of a stuffed toy cat though . Thanks CM

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