Update on Water Balloons: Lobbing them out of the upstairs window didn’t work. I couldn’t get enough “oomph” behind my arm to really launch them well. I moved the basket of balloons out onto the back porch. I had decided that the marauding critters get “baptized” with the water balloons only if they get in the vicinity of my gardens. Uh-oh, sooner or later the nibbling rabbit got too close. Tee-hee! I let a balloon soar through air. It bounced down and burst near enough to him to spray him with water. He ran…hooray! It works. The bunny was very surprised…not hurt. Next was a squirrel. He moved much quicker than the bunny. I think he saw the water balloon coming, but he was sprinkled with a few drops too, and I did not see him back, at least not yet.
Garden Wars weapon number two is recycled CD’s. I strung glass beads, a few metal bells, and some old crystal necklace beads onto wire. I then loaded the inside of a computer CD with goop, put a paper clip at the top, extending a bit past the edge, and added three seven to nine-inch wires to the bottom of each CD. I pressed a second CD onto this arrangement, making sure the iridescent side of both CD’s was facing out, clothespinned the edges, and let them dry overnight. Actually, I thought they might look junky, but after I hung them on mini shepherd’s hooks beside the garden I was pleased with the way they looked. The slightest breeze sets them spinning. The reflections on the front change and swirl, the beads click a little, hopefully sounding a bit like a rattlesnake to the little critters raiding my gardens. All in all, I feel good about my preventative measures. I’ll update in a week or two and record my results. I wish you, “Happy Gardening,” and “Victory” in the “Critter Wars!”