Keep Your Pumpkin Art Uneaten
(Reprinted from Toronto Star October 28, 2018)
Every Halloween is disappointing in the same way. You carve up a creative pumpkin, then within a few hours, it gets chewed on by a furry creature. Furry creatures love to spoil Halloween masterpieces.
Here are four ways to keep the critters — especially squirrels — away from your masterpiece.
1. DIY hot sauce concoction: Mix about four litres of water, one small bottle of hot sauce and 5mL or so of dish soap. Put it in a spray bottle and coat the pumpkin, inside and out. Feel free to add pepper flakes.
2. Pet hair: If your pet sheds, put it to use. gather a layer and put your pumpkin on top. It will remind squirrels of a predator.
3. Windex + Pledge: Spray first with Windex, then finish off with Pledge. It’s not a nice smell.
4. Blood meal: Sprinkle 125 mL or less of this garden fertilizer around your pumpkins.