Neighbors, Squirrels, and Birdseed from above
I live on the bottom floor of an apartment building and I started growing things in containers this year. Only problem is that my new upstairs neighbor has two birdfeeders that are attracting super destructive squirrels. I had to completely scrap my containers that had lettuces and carrots earlier due to their placement directly under one birdfeeder and my squash are struggling- the squirrels constantly dig in the soil looking for tasty seeds that have fallen from above. Cayenne pepper worked briefly but then the soil got moldy under it.....? My space is already severely limited and my neighbor probably won't care that her feeders are killing my plants.
Most of my planters are too heavy to move right now and a move would put them in a place with more reflected heat and sun. I'm considering golf umbrellas to divert the seed fall but I don't want a talking to from management and I'm concerned with blocking sun... Any suggestions??