The only thing more limiting than my parameters is the snail's pace at which I am prepping our current home for the market. I was off to a steady start, but as momentum faded my farmer dreams got a little more realistic. So, I'm an urban farmer... some might say gardener, but whatever.
...until the bugs invaded.
I tried a few natural remedies to rid my beautiful plants before a concluded that the only thing that works better than a homemade neem oil spray is hand-picking the little stupid jerks and feeding them to my chickens! Problem solved!
I tried every natural chipmunk deterrent the internet has to offer. I filled in their holes and spread red pepper flakes, but that didn't work. Then, I sprinkled a mixture of cornstarch and cayenne in their favorite spots and they burrowed right through it. So, I resorted to placing bricks and large rocks on holes and around delicate plants to protect their roots. It worked, but come on! It's called a cabbage patch, not a rock garden! I'm growing vegetables and flowers here... or at least I was before the cutest little
I really didn't want to harm them, but the tension was mounting. So, I reached for the trusty Havahart live trap before resorting to more drastic measures. Thank goodness for Havahart! Actually, those little buggers should be thanking their lucky stars that I have a heart and for Havahart!