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How do I keep critters from eating my garden before I can?

By on Jun 14th

Harvest Squirrel

Photo by KayVee. Used under Creative Commons license.

Jessi B. asks:

Since it's gardening season, I was hoping for some advice on humane and eco-friendly pest control in the garden.

How on earth do I keep these insane squirrels away from my pumpkins? How do I save my blueberries from the birds? How do I do this without spraying toxins or harming the animals?

For what it's worth, I live in an urban area in a warm, dry climate. Thanks!

I've been meaning to get my hands on some coyote pee to dribble 'round our garden and stave off deer and rabbits.

What else have you homies got? Surely you can help Jessi deter birds and squirrels — and I'd love to hear about earth-happy ways to get rid of insects, too.

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