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Beginner Vegetables: Do rabbits and/or squirrels like onions?

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idealpeggy
Lexington, KY
(Zone 6b)

March 20, 2012
9:45 AM

Post #9050172

I read one time that rabbits and squirrels won't bother onions. Is that true? Also, what about leafy veggies planted in containers on the patio? Should I protect them in some way from "predators?" or will they be reluctant to come that close to an area that we regularly use?

dreaves

dreaves
Hutto, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 20, 2012
1:25 PM

Post #9050376

Peggy,

I can't speak about squirrels, but I know that rabbits don't bother my onions. We have a heavy population of cotton-tails and they seem to ignore my onions. That is the only section of my garden I don't have to fence. The rabbits "love" fresh pea sprouts, small lettuces, and other greens. I have a small-weave fence around the rest of my garden to at least discourage them from getting into the garden.

If you have containers that are elevated, they are probably safe from rabbits...but wouldn't be from squirrels. Around here, the rabbits come right up to our porch (as evidenced by the gift of pellets they leave behind in the grass). I don't think squirrels are much afraid of being around people, either. Good luck!

David
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

March 20, 2012
7:20 PM

Post #9050774

I plant onions and garlic among my tomato and Hosta plants to discourage varmits and it seems to work.
Vickie
idealpeggy
Lexington, KY
(Zone 6b)

March 21, 2012
5:20 AM

Post #9051101

Thank you all! I'm thinking humans are the only mammal that likes onions-?? I had a dog once that would eat anything, but she wouldn't touch onions!
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
7:49 AM

Post #9051292

Although squirrels won't eat onions (or daff bulbs either) they will dig them up and move/bury them if they seem to have the time on their hands/paws. I've had them do that. Go red tailed hawk, go!
idealpeggy
Lexington, KY
(Zone 6b)

March 21, 2012
8:59 AM

Post #9051370

Interesting. . .we will see!
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9051388

Squirrels are the Simon Bar Sinisters or the rodent world. Always coming up with some demented plot to trip up us humans!
risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2012
12:22 PM

Post #9051559

gohers love to eat mine. so frustrating
idealpeggy
Lexington, KY
(Zone 6b)

March 21, 2012
12:25 PM

Post #9051564

Gophers eat onions?
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 21, 2012
2:10 PM

Post #9051700

Better seasoned for gopher stew =8~O! Oh, nooooooo! LOL!
risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 21, 2012
2:46 PM

Post #9051754

there does not seem to be much i can plant that they dont eat ! first time i noticed i went to see why my onion stalk (not sure if that is correct word) was tipping over, only to find that the gophers had eaten every part of the onion that was under ground.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 22, 2012
7:02 AM

Post #9052554

I know the rose folks out in California have quite a time with the gophers...
idealpeggy
Lexington, KY
(Zone 6b)

March 22, 2012
7:54 AM

Post #9052624

Terri, I don't know about gopher stew, but I told the guys @ work I knew where they could do some good squirrel hunting! Also, I think rabbit stew is supposed to be good! They could take their pick in my yard! :)

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

March 22, 2012
11:41 AM

Post #9052881

I've seen robins pull up onions and then drop them. I think they are looking for nesting material - they probably think they are green sticks! LOL
idealpeggy
Lexington, KY
(Zone 6b)

March 23, 2012
7:17 AM

Post #9053825

Oh brother, I'm doomed. My backyard is a wildlife sanctuary!
microbiology1
Foxboro, MA

April 5, 2012
8:09 PM

Post #9071359

Trust me. Proximity to your house offers no safety. The squirrels come right up on the deck. Last year a chipmunk went up to the hose for a drink while my husband was standing 2 feet away!

And in case you were wondering, yelling at squirrels has no effect either. It just makes you the crazy person in the neighborhood. :)

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 6, 2012
6:02 AM

Post #9071672

My little dog stays nice and slim chasing squirrels from the garden. I bet all those noises she makes in her sleep is her dreaming of chasing squrrels.
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

April 6, 2012
9:16 PM

Post #9072679

I have a screen porch and I kept sunflower seeds there to feed the birds. Those rotten squrrels tore a hole in the screen to get to the seeds.
Vickie
synsfun
Lake Charles, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2012
6:25 AM

Post #9078135

sadly, all of you talk about squirrels, rabbits and gophers (By the way we have recipes for them if needed), but what i face here is stray cats.

as far as yelling at squirrels, everyone knows in the neighborhood i'm nuts. the squirrels chatter back at me, next thing you know, i'm carrying a lengthy conversation with them.

wife thinks i'm nuts too. not too surprised, i hold conversations with our indoor cat (she thinks the cat and I are talking about her)
idealpeggy
Lexington, KY
(Zone 6b)

April 11, 2012
9:42 AM

Post #9078442

And she thinks YOU'RE nuts? LOL! You know, I have an indoor cat as well, and I used to own a pet-sitting service, so I know cats pretty well. I would think a cap gun (if they still make those-I'm giving away my age now!) would work wonders scaring away cats. Just a couple of times, I think, would do it. I'm scared to death of guns-even BB guns-but a cap gun I could handle (I think!). Just a thought!
synsfun
Lake Charles, LA
(Zone 9a)

April 11, 2012
9:46 AM

Post #9078449

the problem is i think they scout my place and send signals to the cats when they see my bedroom light go off for the night when i sleep. maybe they're cat ninjas.
cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

April 12, 2012
11:14 PM

Post #9080491

LOL synsfun. A watergun is alot more fun than a cap gun.
I talk to my cats all the time. They mostly ignore me.One thinks I'm calling her beautiful names and will purr away while I talk.
Rabbit and squirrel stew is delicious.Anyone want a receipe?
I think you are right about the cats and squirrels talking about us.
Vickie

HoneybeeNC

HoneybeeNC
Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

April 13, 2012
8:28 AM

Post #9080838

To scare the bejeepers out of a cat - beat a wooden spoon on a metal pan!
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

April 13, 2012
1:19 PM

Post #9081161

Ah, yessss! Hasenpfeffer! I really like it.

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