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Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:37 PM

I got chipmunks

I've been putting in a new garden on a sandy slope on the Oregon coast. It has been a much more complex project than I anticipated due to the need to construct it so that water can flow downhill without taking the garden with it.

I have finished a narrow raised bed and put out my first seeds. Now I see chipmunks running all around it.

I am not familiar with the little critters. I had planned only on planting salad greens, carrots and beets in this bed so as not to attract birds. Now I'm wondering if it's worth finishing the beds only to have everything eaten by the 'munks.

Is this garden doomed?

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Reply I got chipmunks (Original post)
jmbar2 Mar 2021 OP
CrispyQ Mar 2021 #1
jmbar2 Mar 2021 #4
bullimiami Mar 2021 #2
Ka-Dinh Oy Mar 2021 #3
jmbar2 Mar 2021 #5
questionseverything Mar 2021 #6
jmbar2 Mar 2021 #8
Pobeka Mar 2021 #12
jmbar2 Mar 2021 #14
Pobeka Mar 2021 #15
jmbar2 Mar 2021 #19
MyOwnPeace Mar 2021 #7
jmbar2 Mar 2021 #9
lastlib Mar 2021 #10
MyOwnPeace Mar 2021 #11
jmbar2 Mar 2021 #13
MyOwnPeace Mar 2021 #16
lastlib Mar 2021 #17
MyOwnPeace Mar 2021 #18
BigmanPigman Mar 2021 #20
jmbar2 Mar 2021 #21
TygrBright Mar 2021 #22
jmbar2 Mar 2021 #23
TygrBright Mar 2021 #24

Response to jmbar2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:39 PM

1. IDK, but you should take pics.

I love chipmunks! They are so adorable. That said, I don't have a garden & I only get an occasional one. Good luck working it all out!

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:45 PM

4. They are pretty cute

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Response to jmbar2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:41 PM

2. Love our chipmunks.

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Response to jmbar2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:44 PM

3. Pictures please.

I miss seeing chipmunks. I used to see them when I lived in the country but now I live in an apartment where I only see squirrels ( not that that is bad at all ) but I miss the chipmunks.

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Response to Ka-Dinh Oy (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:46 PM

5. I'll try but they move pretty fast.

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Response to jmbar2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:51 PM

6. Try sprinkling red pepper

Should run them off

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Response to questionseverything (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:56 PM

8. thanks!

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 03:26 PM

12. Yep. If you want to go "big guns", get thai birds eye (little) red peppers. Grind them, sprinkle

When you grind them, be ready for the fumes, especially if you are sensitive to that kind of thing. They are so seriously hot that even in an enclosed coffee grinder the fumes can be a little overpowering.

I haven't seen a mole in 5 years since I sprinkled this on the garden beds and entry points into the lawn. Works for raccoons, squirrels, outdoor rats too (yeah, urban lots, there are rats).

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Response to Pobeka (Reply #12)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 03:35 PM

14. Does it alter the soil chemistry or affect the seeds?

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #14)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 03:43 PM

15. I wouldn't put it right on the seed planting site. Run it around the perimeter of the garden.

The ground squirrels will figure it out fast, and give the garden a very wide berth.

I haven't seen any effects on perenials or semi-annuals which certainly have roots that are directly under where I've sprinkled it. You don't need much, just a dusting. I even lightly stir it into the soil to make sure it doesn't blow or wash away. It's certainly not enough to affect soil chemistry.

Just gestimating, about 2 tablespoons would be enough for a 10 foot edge.

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Response to Pobeka (Reply #15)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 05:44 PM

19. Thanks so much!

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Response to jmbar2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:56 PM

7. I've had good luck with

a product and if we were allowed to tell the name I'd tell you "Critter Crumbs" - but I don't think we're allowed to do that.

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 02:57 PM

9. that's a good hint - thanks!

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 03:17 PM

10. (it's probly OK--it's not Goya beans.....)

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Response to lastlib (Reply #10)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 03:24 PM

11. Do THEY work?

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 03:35 PM

13. I'm glad that you clarified that

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #13)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 03:44 PM

16. Work against chimpmunks?

Probably about as well as MAGA beans....

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 04:24 PM

17. Well, if I was chipmunk....

(or any other sentient creature), I would stay away from them!

Touche, my friend! - - -

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Response to lastlib (Reply #17)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 04:56 PM

18. Well, if BunkerBoy recommended them......

I'd stay away too!


Merci, mon ami! .....

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Response to jmbar2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 05:50 PM

20. We had a house in the woods with tons of chipmunks

but we only noticed them eating nuts (acorns).

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #20)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 05:54 PM

21. I haven't seen them digging yet

I think they are drawn to my garden steps -- they are built of concrete blocks with the holes open so that the water can flow through. I think it has created nesting areas. (Until the next rains).

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Response to jmbar2 (Original post)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 06:10 PM

22. I have gophers. Trade ya. n/t

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Response to TygrBright (Reply #22)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 06:17 PM

23. Nah...

Gophers are the worst! The ninjas of the landscape.

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Response to jmbar2 (Reply #23)

Sun Mar 21, 2021, 06:22 PM

24. You got that right. n/t

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