Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Case of the Non-Growing Surprise Seeds


My oldest son's wife has a great mom. A woman who is most gracious, and always makes sure to come and see us if we're over visiting.  Every once in awhile she also sends over a nice little gift to my youngest son.

At the beginning of the summer, we met up with her in DC while visiting, and she's a gardener at heart, so we told of our plans to start a garden this year. We did start our own garden, and we're really loving it!

A couple of weeks after our visit, a ziploc bag of seeds arrived in the mail (mystery seeds), from my son's mother-in-law. We were excited and instantly set out to plant them. It's been weeks now and literally, no results. Nothing! Nada! I knew something was amiss, but I didn't know what it was...until a few days ago. Looking out of the front window, my son got super excited about a squirrel in the planter. I looked out and yep, he's sitting in the middle of it, digging down in and eating to his heart's content.


To date, the squirrels (or chipmunks, we don't know which) have filled my A/C in the car with nuts (the mechanic informed us when we took it in for A/C repairs), invaded our attic (that was interesting), and made a nest in my car engine (thank you to the oil changing guy who got it out of there for me!), to name a few of their offenses. Now they're eating our surprise seeds... and pretty happy to be doing it too (I saw the big, fat, happy squirrel grin with my own two eyes).

I'm transferring the dirt in that spot today to a planter I'll bring in and out of the house for awhile, to try and see if we can salvage any of the surprise seeds, but I'll tell ya, there are sure times when I wish I spoke squirrel so I could tell those little buggers to stay in their acorn trees (we've got several of them, which is why I'm sure they love it here).

Crazy squirrels.

Anyone else have squirrels who raid their seeds?!?!?

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  1. Oh this made me giggle a bit and think of Caddy Shack for some reason! But seriously hope that replanting and putting it in the house helps. Definitely keep us posted.

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    1. We have about as high of a success rate trying to deter the squirrels as they did the gophers. :)

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  2. Squirrels are Mother Nature's most prolific thieves lol. They're always stealing the food out of my bird feeders!!

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    1. Our bird feeder dangles from the porch roof beam so they haven't found a way to get to that (yet). ;)

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  3. We don't have green thumbs around here so I've not seen any squirrels around here. I don't think they care for our weeds.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. Weeds, the secret to deterring critters. I like it. ;)

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  4. I have a black thumb, so we don't plant anything from seed here. However, those darn squirrels like to sit in the trees above our deck and chuck acorns at us. Those puppies hurt too!

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    1. bwuahahahaha

      I know I shouldn't laugh. The visual is comedic. :)

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  5. Wily squirrels! I hope your seeds can grow, now they are in safety. What kind of plant was it?

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    1. Surprise seeds from my husband's mother-in-law. I have no idea, but really wanted to know!!

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  6. See, time to get a cat, then bye bye squirrels at your mat. And your garden will even get free fertilizer too. Just don't step it in, rather ewww

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    1. We had a stray who would mew at the door last winter. I'd take him milk. He was fat. Others were probably giving him milk too.

      I was kind of hoping he'd stick around, but he didn't. I think he belonged to someone, he didn't look in need of anything. ;)

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  7. Oh I feel your pain - we have hosted them in our attic so many times I have forgotten the count! We have the gutter guards too. It must be squirrels they are so smart those rodents!

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    1. Ugh, we've had them get in our gutter pipes too, and run around. Why do they like to do that?????

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  8. that is too funny...
    we want to plant a garden... but truthfully, i don't know how..
    not to mention that we have TONS of squirrels and chipmunks here...

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    1. Ohhhhhhhhh, you've got that brand new big beautiful yard!!!!!!!!!

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  9. I'm glad you found out the mystery and also a temporary solution.
    It is not fun at all with those little buggers, even though they can be cute to look at.

    I haven't planted much as yet so no problem there. However I've seen one or two of those little buggers in my backyard.

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    1. They're always around, I don't mind them if they're minding their own business. I DO mind them in my car. :0/

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  10. Oh no! Thankfully we don't have a big problem with squirrels eating our seeds. I think our dog barking probably scares them away :)

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  11. I hardly have any squirrels.. but I have had them in the past and they are very detructive.

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    1. They had a good laugh at the hot pepper flakes (meant to keep squirrels away from stuff) that I bought. ;)

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  12. We don't have squirrels in Australia, they always look so cute to me, but if they were in the garden eating our seeds they wouldn't seem so cute anymore. The only thing that will get into your car here are snakes and believe me you do not want that!!

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    1. You're 100% correct. I could go my whole life without a snake in my car and be perfectly content.

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  13. We used to! Those squirrels acted like they owned the place and we were tenants. Never saw my purple crocuses fully bloomed -- they must have tasted best of all. Hurricane Sandy thinned the number of trees around here ... and took most of the squirrels with her. Stopping by from the blog hop, and glad I did.

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    1. I can't find a blog to visit you back, Terri. If you swing back by, drop a link and I'm happy to come on over and visit back. :)

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  14. we haven't, but we have had them plant oak trees and eat our corn.

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    1. Oak trees are gorgeous, but they get huge!

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  15. Oh no!!
    How disappointing :-( but also kind of cute to be able to watch squirrels and chipmunks :-)

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  16. Oh my! Naughty naughty squirrels! Hope your garden manages to grow out properly. We hope to start a little garden ourselves soon too :)

    Ai @ <a href="http://www.sakuraharuka.com/> Sakura Haruka </a>

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    1. Naughty is the perfect word for them!!

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  17. They do that all the time around here. They especially love the big perennial bulbs. And they also bury peanuts in the shell in our planters! No peanuts have ever sprouted, though.

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    1. They know they're in the wrong and they're trying to give back...lolol

      My squirrels do not have that sense of good conscious. :o/

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  18. My husband very much dislikes squirrels he says they are evil haha.

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    1. My husband is not a fan either. ;) He hates the woodpecker who likes our house even more.

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  19. I once saw a squirrel...i was super excited. that is my story!

    I hope you will get something to grow out of them seeds, would be a pity if not.

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    1. I hope they grow too. I wanted to see what they were, and I suspect there might be sunflowers in there!!

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  20. AGGHH - not another squirrel story - I swear to god Rosie I'm traumatized this summer LMHO
    XOXO

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    1. Your squirrels are scarier than mine.

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  21. Oh yes - they are horrible around here. I have tried to put out bird feeders and they even get into the squirrel proof ones. Those little pests.

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    1. The bird seed is the one thing they don't get here (it's suspended from the porch beam).

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  22. It's not much the squirrels but the mice here. They love to build nests in the vehicles that are not used all-the-time. It really wreaks havoc!

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    1. We usually get one mouse in the house a year, when cold weather rolls around. We didn't last year and I'm g.l.a.d.

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  23. I've had more trouble from mice than squirrels. One year I caught 9 of them in my minivan! I even took it to the shop but they couldn't find any way that they are getting in. That's when I got some outdoor cats, which so far seem to be helping.

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    1. I'm scared to get an outdoor cat with the cold winters we have here. I would like a cat though. :) Or a pup. Hubby says no for sure on the pup, we're still working on him for the cat. ;)

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  24. LOL! If their big and fat I think those might be chipmunks. Squirrels are on the small side. My mom has a squirrels that try to rob her bird feeder. She said if she could ever catch them on video, she'd have some worthy stuff to submit to Americas Funniest Videos.

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    1. We've got 'em both, squirrels and chipmunks. I see them being bold all of the time!! Not sure which of the two gets in my car and stores their nuts, but I am sure it's annoying. ;)

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  25. LOL! I am not laughing at what the squirrel has been doing Rosey! We don't have squirrels in Jamaica and I thought they were just cute animals who ate acorns!:) I hope you can salvage some of the surprise seeds and see what comes up.

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    1. They do love their acorns. That's why they like our house so much, I think, we've got those trees here. ;)

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  26. Someone told me once that the squirrels love me. They think I'm nuts.

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    1. buwahahhaa

      If the shoe fits... hehehe

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  27. no squirrels around here, but our neighbor's dog go sprayed by a skunk...and we were down wind from it, and just across the street with open windows....yeah...not sure which is worse, but I'm thinking maybe the weeks and weeks to get skunk smell out of my house is. :) good luck getting rid of the little buggers.

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    1. Skunk smell is so ridiculously bad, isn't it???? And awww to the dog!!

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  28. I really hope you can salvage some of those seeds, that is just so disappointing. Seems like the squirrels are being a real nuisance for you, I always thought they were so cute, my dad and I used to feed them acorns when I was growing up. I loved watching them eat them. So cute.

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    1. My kids think they're cute too. I think they're cute if they're not in my planter...or attic...or car. ;)

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  29. Believe it or not - but we hardly (if ever) have squirrels here. I'd be actually very happy if I saw one. They seem to be soooooooooo cute

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    1. I never saw light blonde or black ones until we moved here. I thought that was neat. :) The squirrels make my kids happy. ;)

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  30. I would be soooooo angry! In the spring, I planted about peas in my greenhouse and some thing ate every one of them and left me the little pea skins as evidence. I was furious and planted another st and covered the with screens. Becuase the screening was slightly uneven, they did it again! I finally got one crop grown but I have idea which rodent got into them. They never touched any other seeds!

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    1. Even with the screen? Oy! My in-laws cannot keep their blueberries. They think it's the deer that eat them.

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  31. Stupid squirrels ... they are such pains!

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    1. Def. they earn that title at times. ;)

      Thanks for visiting, Lanaya!

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  32. Ick! Squirrels are nasty and invasive. In college, sometimes you'd be afraid to eat your own food if a squirrel came up to you. They acted like you were infringing on their lunch!

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    1. LOL, I can totally see them having that attitude. ;) Thanks for the visit!

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  33. the squirrels packed your AC...seriously...that is messed up...ha....really makes me wonder what the mystery seeds are as well...its like catnip for squirrels...ha

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    1. They were digging in that dirt to find them, makes me curious too.

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