Pesky crit­ters driv­ing gar­dener squir­relly

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - REENA NERBAS

QI have a prob­lem with squirrels. They dig up bulbs in my gar­den faster than I can re­place them. Is there any so­lu­tion? Eu­ge­nia, War­ren AN­SWER: What works for one squir­rel will not nec­es­sar­ily work for all squirrels, but here are some ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions to try. Begin by dis­tract­ing your furry friends with a bowl of store­bought food made specif­i­cally for them. Place the bowl far enough away from the pots but close enough that they will see their food. Wrap chicken wire over plant pots and make holes for the plants. They are un­able to chew through wire. Or se­cure large rocks over the soil, mak­ing sure the squirrels can­not lift the rocks. Hu­man hair, blood meal, dog fur and fox urine are op­tions, but seem to lose their ef­fec­tive­ness af­ter a few weeks. Here is one of my all-time favourite so­lu­tions for squirrels who like to dig. Push the han­dle of sev­eral plas­tic forks straight down into the soil; squirrels don’t like the feel­ing of plas­tic fork tines on their cute lit­tle feet. QUES­TION: We have two Corn­ing Ware casse­role dishes that were bought used. They are stained and I am won­der­ing if you have a sug­ges­tion as to how th­ese stains might be re­moved. Thanks. Barb, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: In a large pot, com­bine 3 cups (750 ml) vine­gar, 4 cups (1 L) wa­ter and 2 tbsp. (30 mL) cit­ric acid; bring to a boil. Set one Corn­ing Ware dish into the boil­ing mix­ture for five min­utes (the wa­ter must cover the dish). If nec­es­sary, scrub wet Corn­ing Ware with an S.O.S pad. Once dry, your dishes will look new. If black marks are scratched into the glass, the marks are per­ma­nent. QUES­TION: A metal kitchen light fix­ture is caked with years of cooking grease and dust. I tried Win­dex and WD-40 with­out any luck. What do you sug­gest? Deb­bie, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: I am as­sum­ing you are re­fer­ring to the fix­ture alone (no elec­tri­cal wires). An easy so­lu­tion to re­ally clean fix­tures is to place them on the top rack of the dish­washer. Dish­washer de­ter­gents are for­mu­lated as grease cut­ters and amaz­ing at clean­ing grime. In the same way, the metal ex­haust fan ceil­ing cover also benefits from dish­washer clean­ing. QUES­TION: My daugh­ter snuck out of the house and re­turned late at night. She pushed the key into the lock and when she turned the key, it broke in­side the lock — BUSTED!!! Now half of her key is jammed in­side the lock. What can she use to re­move the bro­ken piece? Jimmy, Win­nipeg AN­SWER: Put a lit­tle Su­per Glue onto the bro­ken key in her hand. Push that piece into the lock and hold for a few sec­onds so that both pieces at­tach to­gether. Turn and pull. QUES­TION: I have a large plas­tic bucket I fill with wa­ter to wash the car. The prob­lem is I can’t fill the bucket un­der the tap be­cause as soon as the bucket is full of wa­ter, I can’t pull it out of the sink with­out spilling wa­ter ev­ery­where. Any sug­ges­tions? Bev, Mor­den AN­SWER: In­stead of plac­ing the bucket in­side the sink, po­si­tion it on the edge of the counter. Hold a dust­pan un­der the tap. The wa­ter will flos into the dust­pan and in­side the bucket with­out hav­ing to place the bucket in­side the sink. Note: Users as­sume all risks of in­jury or dam­age re­sult­ing from the im­ple­men­ta­tion of any sug­ges­tions in this col­umn. Test all prod­ucts on an in­con­spic­u­ous area first. I en­joy your ques­tions and tips, keep them com­ing. Need a pre­sen­ter on the topic Ef­fec­tive speak­ing or the power of

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