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Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 | 0 comments

When Squirrels Snack, Humans Fight Back

When Squirrels Snack, Humans Fight Back

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One of the biggest challenges of urban gardening is protecting your crops from unwelcome guests. When squirrels decided to snack on Katie and Zack’s plants, they fought back and built a cage to protect their investment from the nibbling nuisance.

Their garden consists of a small raised bed along the side of their rental home’s patio, where they are growing various types of tomatoes, peppers and cucumber.

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There’s a handful of spring onions too. It’s their first year gardening here, and I’ll say they are doing quite well!

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After noticing the squirrels, they took chicken wire, attached it to the fence, and cascaded it down around the plants. The tomatoes soon outgrew the space, so using some scrap wood, they built a frame to allow more room for the fast-growing plants to thrive.

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It may not be the most glamorous looking contraption, but it works. The cage opens to easily harvest their crops. These clips keep it latched together.

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On the back steps, Katie grew strawberries in a pot. All have since been harvested, except this itty bitty one.

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Another level of security, their watchdog Beans canvases the pathway, ready to ward off animal intruders who think they can outsmart humans.

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Have you been battling garden pests this summer? Share your secrets in the comments.

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