Wonderful Squirrels

Red Fox Squirrel cleaning its face

Making an Effort to Co-tend the Earthly Garden with Our Squirrel Friends

Creating an Organic and Non-violent Barrier to Gardening in the Same Place with Allium Plants

I buy half oak wine barrels, stain the outsides, and plant them with herbs and roots, and then create 5-foot high cylinders that fit from soil-line up. The squirrels will not dig there, and that's that. Simple but too thoughtful for gardening morons who prefer killing animals to thinking.

Spraying cayenne around plants can burn a squirrels eyes out or cause them to scratch their eyes while trying to sooth them. It's cruel and should be avoided. Allium planted around fruit trees bases or clear plastic bowls (found in catering sections of stores like Smart'n'Final, can be cut from the edge (with scissors) up to a hole and then affixed to the base of a tree to prevent climbing. Personally, I love sharing fruit with animals (and people) who make life worth living.

Creating an Organic Attraction for Squirrels to the Yard with Homes and Feeders in Safe Places

These should be put near the home, at least 7-8 feet above ground to avoid cats and raccoons, and should be out of line of hawks that perch and hunt in pairs. Try putting the squirrel near getaways — tree trunks, tree branches, thick brush — as well as having a tree, composter, or fence block predator perch-point lines-of-sight.

I add wooden homes for the winter so that the wind, sun, and predators cannot get to my friends. The homes should be at least 30-feet above ground. The best homes have predator guards built into them, as wel;l as dual entrances, and are large and deep so that paws cannot get to the family inside. During winter a family can "take in" others so that as many as 12 squirrels keep each other fed, warm, and safe. Winds can destroy safe places, and parasites make moving a regular chore. I try to make their lives easier and longer.

A Red Fox Squirrel could live to 18 years but rarely does so because of humans (esp. profiteering land developers) encroaching upon food sources, the expansion of predator bird populations (especially crows and hawks), and the mindless "owning" of cats. The fashion appeal of owning an animal (or even a child) as a slacker substitution for owning yourself wears off. The cats are abandoned to a harried "feral" survivalism by those whose own brains — walking around in human bodies — surely must be questioned for having any empathy along with having little dream-making courage.

Creating a Cat-safe Yard by Dispersing Rue Plants

Feral cats are a result of human irresponsibility. They kill squirrels, chipmunks, and songbirds. They kill because they can, and find babies especially killworthy.

Rue plants turn cats away with certainty. Lining your fence-entrance areas with these medicinal, climate-versatile (5-8), perennial plants gives the nesters a chance for momma and poppa squirrel to take their babies on running, hopping, scrounging, and other training trips away from the nest.

Facilitating Cooperation between Squirrel Families

Put a feeder near each home or nest so squirrels do not have to travel across roads (run by idiot teenagers, men/women on cell phones, or men/women late to work). Try to avoid a family having to get its young across dangerous open areas (attackable by predator cats and hawks) because the young ones are so very susceptible when they are small, unsuspecting, untrained, and inexperienced.

Escape Routes

Sides of houses that are surrounded by fencing are traps when a squirrel is confronted with a predator while scrounging for food, training babies, or storing food. I affix knotted thick hemp (or rope from the bottom of the fence to the top, making certain that both ends are attached to the fence so it acts like a stable "ladder" for escape. I also attach platforms that slant up to the top of the fence, which are roughed wood, so that a young one's jump will get them to it and with a scramble, saves them for their lives for loving parents and siblings.