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Hold the Peanuts --- Please!
I told my wife, an avid gardner, that I would write this blog. She has a chip on her shoulder about people feeding squirrels. We have a conflict of sorts. She likes to garden and has a green thumb. I like to feed the squirrels. This fellow below I consider to be one of my dependents -- although in all honesty I am still arguing with the IRS about the legality of that deduction, his having four legs and a bushy tail and all.
The big problem the wife has is gardening competition from squirrels. It is not that they eat her stuff. What they do is plant, plant, plant. We have struck a compromise. Over the years, experiments have found that if you give the squirrels either sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or a mix of the two, they sit right there and chow down. All they leave is chaff. On the other hand, if you give them peanuts in the shell -- most commonly sold as squirrel food -- they will 100% of the time take them out and bury them. I guess in their tiny little squirrel minds, a peanut in a shell is a better thing to store underground and save ... more

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