squirrels at work

mingtea(z9 Tucson)July 21, 2014

A rock squirrel moved into the yard this year and has been burying things all over the place (tomatoes are popping up in the weirdest places...). I've only planted Chile tepin, Chile pequin and Thai hots, so what are these? Plant #1 here with pod, grew in a pot I was reserving for a tomato in the fall... Looks mild.


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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

This one could be the same? It sprouted in the hot dang sun in the middle of the AZ summer when all the oregano was getting fried!


    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 10:03PM
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DMForcier(8 DFW)

Yep, that's a pepper. I'd suspect birds too. They are not sensitive to capsaicin and will eat (and poop) seeds.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 2:12PM
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has anyone thought of smearing super hots around the garden to keep squirrels, rabits, and dear away? All my plants are on a deck in containers 10 feet above the ground so knock on wood i don't have that problem.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 2:41PM
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mingtea(z9 Tucson)

Yes, birds do that too but not since the rock squirrel moved in have I had so many mysterious sprouts in so many places.
So... What I was after was a guess at what those peppers were since they're not varieties I grow :)
Andy, powdered cayenne is recommended for helping dogs from digging... And it worked for us! Not sure about other wildlife though.


    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 3:00AM
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Ming: 1st looks like it may be a Bell. Second one, won't know until a pod is set(mature), but pretty sure it's none of what you listed. Have never grown Tepin, but Thai Hot and Pequin have more slender, smaller leaves and the pods grow upright.


This post was edited by woohooman on Wed, Jul 23, 14 at 4:53

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 4:52AM
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LOL. I had a big squirrel problem until I caged my tomatoes with remesh/chicken wire units.
Last year I took a bunch of nice red ghosts and hung'em on my Roma plants, and managed to see one squirrel grab one, take a bite, drop it, and jump to the ground and start wiping his muzzle in the dirt/grass for a full five minutes.
Funny as hell. Birds do the most damage though...

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 5:54AM
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