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I Have a Question For You…

Hi There 🙂

I hope you didn’t forget about me 😉

I want to thank everyone for all your kind thoughts, prayers, and emails. My family greatly appreciates it!

I have to admit… the past few weeks have been kind of a blur…

But… no matter how sad I felt… I always smiled when I saw this face…


I mean, seriously… how can you not smile when you see this face 🙂

While I was in Texas… my super sweet neighbor took care of my garden for me 🙂

When I left… they were just plants.

When I came home… I had a full blown garden 🙂

Bell Peppers



Cherry Tomater’s

My GIANT zucchini plant


Sea of Tomatoes 🙂


So… this is my problem…

No matter what I do… squirrels eat my zucchini!! Grrrr!!!!

I’ve been religiously sprinkling cayenne pepper all over my plants… but they won’t stop eating the zucchini!

They haven’t touched any of my other plants… yet…


How do I keep squirrels from eating my garden??

Have a great weekend everyone!

20 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on June 25, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I don’t know the answer to that, but your garden looks AMAZING! I wish I was your neighbor and could reap the benefits. 😉

  2. Mia said on June 25, 2010 at 8:09 am

    My parents have a garden and suggested the following things to me to keep unwanted critters out. First, find those little windmills that you can put into the ground. If an animal senses movement, they are more likely to stay away. Second, you can try attaching an aluminum pie plate to a piece of string on a stake that is in the ground. When the wind blows, the pie plate smacks around and makes noise = deterring the squirrels away. I have also heard of cleaning out your hairbrush and sprinkling your hair around the perimeter of the garden. If these things don’t help, you might have to fence in the garden. Let us know what works! My parents have luck with these methods in Ohio. I am in SC, and the only things that deterred the squirrels down here were fencing in the garden.

  3. Estela - Weekly Bite said on June 25, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Thanks Mia!!!! These are great suggestions! The only plants we have fenced in are the tomatoes. I’m going to try the other options for the other plants. Thanks again 🙂

  4. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary said on June 25, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Your garden looks wonderful! I can’t wait until I have a yard where I can plant some veggies!!!

    PS We didn’t forget about you 😀 Glad you’re back.

  5. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on June 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    It is so good to see you back! You have to smile at that little face! I can’t keep a garden here either. The critters eat everything!

  6. adrienmelaine said on June 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Sounds like they like spicey zucchini! I have no idea what to do about it- we grow zucchini here and they don’t seem to eat it- maybe they haven’t got the taste for it yet!

    I love your photos and your daughter- she brings joy to my day!

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on June 25, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    oh girl, i have NO IDEA what to tell you…i’m pretty much a gardening idiot.

    BUT what i can tell you is i’m so glad you’re back and you have the most beautiful baby girl EVER!!!

  8. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on June 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    OH sweet girl 🙂 I am so jealous of your garden. It looks so beautiful and delicious. I can’t help you with the squirrels… my puppy chases them–I could give her to you on loan 😉

  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on June 26, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Hang in there, Estella! I have prayed for you and your family many times this past month. Your daughter and garden are rays of light; blessings and peace to you all.

  10. sophia said on June 26, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I’m so happy you’re back! And yeah, I smiled the moment I saw that precious, heart-stopping smile of hers, too! 🙂

  11. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on June 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Of course we didn’t forget about you. I am hope you are finding peace and healing.

  12. The Candid RD said on June 26, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    She is so precious.

    Welcome back.

    As for the squirrels, do you have a fence up? Nick and I just put one up and it wasn’t too hard. It doesn’t keep all the squirrels out (they can still climb over the large wooden fence) but it has definitely cut down the numbers! We used a large plastic fence, with metal poles, about 3 feet tall.

  13. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on June 26, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Welcome home– your garden looks amazing, and your girl is as beautiful as ever 🙂

  14. Nicole @ Making Good Choices said on June 27, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Estella, glad you are back. I’m glad you are finding comfort in your daughter.

    I have no clue how to stop squirrels from eating zucchini, but if you figure it out let us all know! Your garden looks gorgeous!!

  15. Jocelyn said on June 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    You have a fabulous garden! Not sure how to keep the animals away though! Boo 🙁

  16. Natalie said on June 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    We would never forget about you! One website I found mentioned: Use motion detection sprinklers in the garden where squirrels are a problem. A sudden burst of water will frighten them, at least temporarily. Motion detecting lighting is of no use because tree squirrels are not nocturnal.

  17. Ameena said on June 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I am so glad to see you are back Estela…I’ve been thinking of you!

    Your garden is gorgeous…I am nowhere near qualified to give you advice when I can barely keep my orchid alive for 1 month!

    Not sure if you are still up to it, and you can let me know later, but Tracey and I (and Maya) are planning lunch on July 14. It would be great to meet up with you and your beautiful daughter!

  18. Simply Life said on June 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    oh my gosh, that is the most adorable picture and little face ever!!!

  19. Nicole, RD said on June 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Welcome back! 🙂 I missed you!! Your garden looks amazing! Absolutely amazing! I have no advice for the squirrels – sorry!

  20. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on June 28, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Hi Estela,

    I’ve been behind on your posts and I’m just catching up. I’m so sorry to hear about your father. He sounds like a wonderful man and I’m sure he was so proud of you!! Take great care :).