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Old 03-09-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Default Squirrels and Hops?

I'm about to put 7 rhizomes in the ground and it just occurred to me that I have a healthy squirrel population in my back yard... Does anyone know if squirrels have an affinity for hops? The bitterness may be a deterrent when they are mature, but they may be pretty tasty as young sprouts.

Wondering if I need to devise a chicken wire fence to protect them. They can have my tomatoes, but they better not touch my cascades.


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Old 03-09-2012, 01:11 PM   #2
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I had mostly cascades last year and I haven't had any problem with squirrels. or any animals really. The only issue i've had was japanese beetles.


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Old 03-09-2012, 01:13 PM   #3
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We're pretty much overrun by squirrels and chipmunks here, but other than a proclivity to hop the fencing to bury acorns in the mulch, they've never shown any interest in the bines...

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Nice! Thanks for the responses!
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Only thing i had issues with was skunks. Skunks tend to eat alot of insects and the soil was nice and soft and movable where i planted my rhizomes. Each morning i would find them about 3 ft strewn out of their holes with the dirt all over the place. Then i bought some chicken wire and placed it around the planting area and had no problems since.
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:45 AM   #6
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I didn't have trouble with them eating the brins, but they loved the roots and killed off about half my hops. All varites, no preference.
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I didn't have trouble with them eating the brins, but they loved the roots and killed off about half my hops. All varites, no preference.
Urinate on the soil with some regularity. And, empty your electric shaver clippings too. That will take care of them in a jiffy.
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Just sit in a beach chair with a BB gun drinking homebrew. Win-win...
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Interesting...... but worth a try
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Squirrels make great pasta sauce! So do rabbits.


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