Common household remedies request
Weird critter behavior: I lost, or nearly lost, a squash seedling last night -- which is a concern because I almost lost them all, in an epically bad gardening season I'll write about at some point -- but in a very weird way:
From the hole in the squash mound, it's as if an animal -- candidates are a woodchuck, which I might have, a skunk, which I do have, and deer (and squirells) -- stuck its muzzle into the soil expecting to find something. The actual seedling to the side, and untouched! (So I replanted it, and we'll see).
Trying to reverse engineer the animal behavior here, what's going on? It didn't want the seedling, so is there some visual cue?!
NOTE I know that to somebody who's closer to the woods, this just sounds like whining. One woodchuck? What can I say! Also, the deer has systematically eaten flowers from a number of plants around the periphery of the garden -- clover, for example, which grows quite large, and violets. Nothing from my new nut trees fortunately!