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Mended Tecoma stans

Monday, June 26th, 2017

I started the Tecoma stans seeds the first week of November.

Tecoma Seeds

Tecoma Seeds

The plants were small, but popped them in the garden a few weeks ago.

I noticed that when the squirrel dug up my garden, for the umpteenth time,

Squirrel Damage

this little plant was broken. Part of the stem was still attached.

Mended

I aligned the stem and taped it with cloth tape.
Used a skewer as a splint.
Then a small piece of bamboo as a stake to support the lot.
That was ten days ago.

Update…

Mended

Mended Plant in New Garden Location a Few Weeks After Mending

My irrigation system needs updating. I am waiting until I get all of the plants transplanted before I update the system. Currently I water the bed by hand. That is a good thing to monitor all of the new plantings. Soon most of the drought tolerant plants and the succulent garden will require only a few waterings per week.


Squirrel Encounter Today

Saturday, June 17th, 2017

While I was taking photos of the cactus for the previous post, the squirrel watched me from his perch on the roof of the garage.

Squirrel on Roof

Apparently he decided I wasn’t a threat. He scampered down from his perch and proceeded to dig and bury seed in my rock garden in progress.

Squirrel in  Rock Garden

The cactus I was shooting is located at the corner of the courtyard. There are two flagstone steps. I was standing on my knees taking the photos, so my legs were across the lower step.

When the squirrel finished his work, it ran right toward me, and jumped over my legs.


Seriously? The Squirrel is at it Again!

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Squirrel Hole

The squirrel dug to the right of the hole I filled with wire and pepper flakes yesterday.

Poultry Netting

I folded two pieces of poultry netting, then manipulated them into a ball.

Wire in Hole

The balls of poultry netting were crammed into the large hole and the smaller hole to the back.

Empty Pepper Container

I emptied the contents of a container of red pepper flakes into the hole.

Covered Hole

Placed a piece of poultry netting over the hole. Covered the area with soil.

Now, my hope is the squirrel will go live some place else. There are fields and a small mountain at the end of the street.

Mountain

To the right of the service road there is a mountain and a large field that often has cattle grazing.

Rocks

There are loads of rocky areas that would make a lovely home and protection from predators.
What a nice little succulent!

Water

I was surprised to see water still flowing from the mountain.

There are plenty of places, not in my courtyard, that would make a delightful home for a ground squirrel.


Update: Not even an hour after I published this post there was a thump on the door. The squirrel jumped from one of my potted tomatoes and hit the door. When I checked the courtyard I found that it dug a hole on the opposite of the tree.

Squirrel Hole

Preparing to fill the new squirrel hole with poultry netting.