Squirrels - and saffron
Not sure this is the right place, but the huge population of squirrels is becoming a real problem.
In 2009, I planted three dozen saffron corms; they came up fine that fall, but without blossoms - which was expected. Last spring, all but one sprouted, so I figured I'd get a decent crop come autumn....
Wrong. Not one sprouted/blossomed, and when I went looking for 'em to do an autopsy/post mortem, not one could be found. It appears they were all pilfered - and the dig marks point to the resident rodents. Who knew squirrels like saffron?
It doesn't help that I've got the only 'free lunch' (read: garden) for blocks around. 30 years ago, I planted an apple tree in the front when I bought the house, and despite a heavy fruit set each year, I've yet to get a SINGLE ONE! The bloody buggers will start 'harvesting' when the apples are golf-ball size, take a bite and say, "nope, not ripe..." drop it, and move on to the next. "Nope, not ripe...."
After the saffron situation, I'm seriously considering making a big pot of Brunswick stew....