Pepper Wax for Critters

I bumped into some friends in the Pelham cafe this weekend who mentioned that their impatiens are being eaten by squirrels. They wanted to know if peppers would be a good deterrent for the squirrels, who apparently are eating their flowers up. I have never heard of squirrels eating impatiens so I googled “squirrels eating impatiens” and found mentions of squirrels and even cats eating impatiens. Both blog posts recommended spraying hot pepper on the plants to deter this from happening. Further researching the hot pepper spray, it was also mentioned as a deterrent for pigeons and rabbits.Rabbits are critters we are starting to see with regularity in Pelham and rabbits eat a wide variety of greens. A recent Snapple cap informed me that Australia was originally populated with 24 rabbits by the colonials and within 6 years there were 6 million rabbits on the continent. Though I take that with a grain of salt given that another cap claimed that one in eight Snapple “facts” are fake, the impressive ability of rabbits to reproduce is well known and so if we are seeing rabbits regularly in Pelham now, there will be a heck of a lot more of them in the near future, so we all better get busy with the pepper wax if we want to save our gardens.  Here is a popular recipe from the garden blogs that is also recommended for killing aphids and other sucking insects as well:

1 pint of hot peppers
1 bulb of garlic
2 tbs dish soap 
2tbs vegetable oil
1 5 gallon bucket and 4 gallons of water
cheese cloth

Puree the peppers and garlic then add a little water and puree more.
Add pepper mix to water and cover. Let the mix sit over night. Strain through cheese cloth into a 2 gallon garden sprayer. Add soap and oil.
Spray plants leaves stems and around the trunks on the ground. DO NOT Spray in the heat of the day or when the plants are in direct sun as it can burn the plants. Must be reapplied after rain or watering.

Read more: Crabbergirl’s Hot Pepper Spray Recipe | Controlling Pests & Diseases http://my.gardenguides.com/forums/topic/9533#ixzz0s5Xr9r4uIf you don’t have the time to make your own, there are hot pepper waxes available through outletters like Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Pepper-Wax-Hose-End/dp/B000LNV960

Good luck saving your impatiens, flowers, veggies and herbs from all those hungry animals!bunnies.jpg

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