I came across this bit, hope you enjoy it:
Inch by inch, row by row
Someone bless these seeds I sow . . .
'Til the rain comes tumblin' down.
We plant a garden with faith, never knowing exactly what the harvest will bring. We attend to those aspects of gardening, which we have some control over, planting good seeds in rich soil, in straight rows, the right distance apart. We weed and fertilize, and we tie up our tomato plants.
We may pray for rain, but we never know if we'll get too much or too little. We can't control the wind or rabbits or bugs or the strongest strains of weeds. Yet most of us don't let these things keep us from planting.
Now if I could just remember to carry this idea into the other parts of my day, Joy just might happen in spite of myself!
Now how can I be thankful when my Raccoons drinkmy Hummuingbird's sugar water? :-)
They are a wily bunch, and don't know to run away!
I guess be smarter than them ... do you have the feeders on a pole? Would a squirrel guard work? Critters have all day to think things up! And make us work hard too.
I remember my dad, the tinkerer, keeping the bears away from the birdfeeders. He strung a wire from way up on the house out to a tall tree and had a pulley system to draw the feeders to the house at night to put them out of temptation.
Over here we don't have Blue Birds to put water out for neither do we have racoons. But all need a drink.
But as I always say to be a gardener you must be an optimist.
As to feeders on poles, I grease the poles and have hours of enjoyment watching the squirrels jumping up the poles and sliding down the grease. But I still throw out a handful of peanuts as a consolation to them. At this time of year the squirrels are in big trouble as there are no natural feed available so they have to raid the gardens to survive.I expect the racoons have the same trouble so don't be too mad at them.
The only thing I ever have getting into my hummingbird feeders are bees/wasps. Last Summer it got to where I refused to refill them up so the hubby did it instead. I may not put one out at all this year. I have plenty in my flower beds that they enjoy.
The squirels do not come up in the main part of the yard much since they have so much available in the woods. The other day I was watching one from my kitchen window that had braved comming to the tree nearest to the house. It was playing having the best ole' time....I was smiling and thinking how nice. Neither of us were paying attention at the base of the tree when wham...the neighbors cat jumped up, grabed it and took off.
Squirrels are fighters, so hopefully the cat didn't have a good grip or lost interest in the face of resistance!!
I had chipmunks on the porch under the feeders ... until I found a neighbor's cat visiting too. *sigh*
Here's a couple of giggle-evoking video's!
:star: Brits contributions:
How DO Squirrels Find their stored goodies?
:exmark: Yanks seem to like to either get the squirrel drunk or invent catapults, however, here's a more benign solution:
:) And finally, Peace In The Garden Of Eden (for a short bit anyway):