One way I do that is to turn the items we are not so keen on into comfort foods, so winter squash which I find horrible to eat, I don't like the texture at all. I turn into bread, gnocchi and a paste which replaces cream in curries
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Unless attracting a diurnal Owl - such as a Barred Owl - I doubt owls will do much for squirrel predation as they tend to be "out" at opposite times of the day. At least here, our resident Eastern Gray (and black) squirrels do not seem to rouse themselves until the sun is up, and tend to disappear before dark.
I would suggest creating a relationship with whoever rehabs raptors, or other natural predators of squirrels. Offering your property as a release site might be the swiftest way to up the natural control of squirrels.
M.K. Dorje Sr. wrote:
Probably my best strategy is to net my favorite trees that don't have much fruit on them (peaches, pluots, plums) and just let the squirrels eat from the tops of the tallest cherry trees (35') or from the apple trees. I've got TONS of apples, so I use some trees with mediocre fruit as a "trap" crop. I also harvest a lot of the netted pluots, peaches and plums now a little early, and then store the fruit in the fridge and then ripen the fruit on the counter in paper bags. The squirrels get their crop and I get mine.
I also encourage owls and hawks by putting up nesting boxes, platforms and leaving Doug-fir snags near the orchard and garden. I have a pair of Sharp-shinned Hawks and several species of owls that live around here now. I 've never heard of hawks attacking gardeners before. But I've heard of Barred Owls attacking joggers though! Hope this advice might be of help...
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Will the tree branches interconnect?