WANTED: A better option than 'Shoot, shovel, and Shutup'?
Folks, the last few years I've had very encouraging results with growing tomatoes in big pots. So much so, I decided to fork out the green to have a landscaper put in a big raised bed garden with real dirt meant to actually grow stuff.
However, my constant nemesis's have been Squirrels and Mockingbirds. We homeschool, and my youngest (now 3) has been fascinated with squirrels and birds since she was a toddler. So I have been able to live with the birds and squirrels because she sits by the window and would run out flapping her arms and giggling every time one appeared. Thus, I didn't lose much.
However, THIS garden is away from the window and she's no longer in the mood to chase. I am not in the mood to let the mockingbirds take a peck out of every ripe tomato while the squirrels take a bite out of every green one. Especially since I spent good coin to have this garden dug and built up.
So, tell me straight. Is there really a way to control these, or do I go ahead and turn my 8 year old loose with the pellet rifle and give him $10 for every dead body he brings to me?