Protecting Squash from Critters
Hi: I am a first time grower of Squash (butternut & zucchini), gourds, and melons. The only critters we have around her are squirrels, which I keep out of the garden by feeding them at the back of our property. But it seems we have something else visiting. The first thing that disappeared were 2 halapeno peppers, but now it's a gourd, a young butternut, a couple of young cukes, and possibly all the zuc.'s from the two plants nearest to the back. Has anyone come up with any way of protecting squash from critters? I would hate this critter to take all my produce. We have had skunks, ground hogs, and racoons in the past, but not recently. To protect my cukes from the racoons I would enclose them in plastic bags with air-holes punched in them but this would be too tedious with all the fruits on these vines and the fact that they are growing on a wood pile. I may try bagging a few, but it's not really feasible to bag them all. Any suggestions? Thank you.