Attack of the chipmunks!

Written by Doug Oster on .

This 'Redbor' kale has been a favorite target of chipmunks. Photos by Doug Oster

Ahh, the best laid plans for the winter garden. Put a bunch of 'Redbor' kale in pots under the bird feeder. It's quite a site from the comfy confines of the living room.

But then I started to see the bottom leaves were off. What was going on?

Then I saw the chipmunks pulling at the foliage for some reason. They don't eat it, they just strip the plant.

The other interesting thing is the little pests don't bother with other types of flowering kale. The bushy, short, colorful varieties are untouched.

Now I need to figure out what I'm going to put in the pots this late in the season.

Maybe more stocky kale, I'm not sure.

Whether it's deer, groundhogs, rabbits or chipmunks, they all want a piece of the garden and they are all pretty cute too.

Check out this little guy getting his fill at the birdfeeder. By the way it took me 20 years to outsmart the squirrels and keep them out of the feeder. Any guesses on how long it will take to defeat the chipmunks?

A chipmunk fills up on birdseed at the "squirrel proof" bird feeder.

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