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Post by Dr. Medulla » 07 Aug 2017, 10:59am

… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
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Re: Today I learned …

Post by JennyB » 07 Aug 2017, 11:01am

Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 10:59am
… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
Do you also have deer? They ate all of our hastas, but they're so damn cute, I can't stay angry.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 07 Aug 2017, 11:04am

JennyB wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 11:01am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 10:59am
… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
Do you also have deer? They ate all of our hastas, but they're so damn cute, I can't stay angry.
We're a bit too far in from the river and bush for deer (tho I have encountered them on my bike rides). Regardless, no way that deer are getting into our yard. I haven't made it easy for raccoons to get in, but if they're willing to do some climbing, they can get in.
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Post by JennyB » 07 Aug 2017, 11:12am

Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 11:04am
JennyB wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 11:01am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 10:59am
… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
Do you also have deer? They ate all of our hastas, but they're so damn cute, I can't stay angry.
We're a bit too far in from the river and bush for deer (tho I have encountered them on my bike rides). Regardless, no way that deer are getting into our yard. I haven't made it easy for raccoons to get in, but if they're willing to do some climbing, they can get in.
Yeah - we have a three or four foot fence (never measured it), so the deer can jump that easily. We have raccoons, rabbits and squirrels too. And lots of moles.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 07 Aug 2017, 11:52am

JennyB wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 11:12am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 11:04am
JennyB wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 11:01am
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 10:59am
… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
Do you also have deer? They ate all of our hastas, but they're so damn cute, I can't stay angry.
We're a bit too far in from the river and bush for deer (tho I have encountered them on my bike rides). Regardless, no way that deer are getting into our yard. I haven't made it easy for raccoons to get in, but if they're willing to do some climbing, they can get in.
Yeah - we have a three or four foot fence (never measured it), so the deer can jump that easily. We have raccoons, rabbits and squirrels too. And lots of moles.
I encourage the squirrels by feeding them peanuts every morning, and the little bastards do bury peanuts in the lawn. But we've also had raccoons—that they're still coming despite the fences was confirmed in the last few days that a water bowl I have out for the squirrels was filled with dirty water in the morning; they're washing their food in it—and skunks and a couple groundhogs. I've blocked things off enough since replacing the sod back there that I don't see how skunks and ground hogs are getting in, but I can see raccoons climbing in via some trees.
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Re: Today I learned …

Post by 101Walterton » 07 Aug 2017, 3:39pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 10:59am
… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
Not me this time. As a kid I used to pinch it out of the allotments on my way home from rugby on a Sunday morning and get my mum to make a crumble.

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Post by Dr. Medulla » 07 Aug 2017, 4:01pm

101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 3:39pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 10:59am
… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
Not me this time. As a kid I used to pinch it out of the allotments on my way home from rugby on a Sunday morning and get my mum to make a crumble.
That's why we planted it—to make rhubarb crisp. I'm really stunned that any creature would eat rhubarb raw given how tart it is.
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Post by 101Walterton » 07 Aug 2017, 5:00pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 4:01pm
101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 3:39pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 10:59am
… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
Not me this time. As a kid I used to pinch it out of the allotments on my way home from rugby on a Sunday morning and get my mum to make a crumble.
That's why we planted it—to make rhubarb crisp. I'm really stunned that any creature would eat rhubarb raw given how tart it is.
I didn't think you could? The leaves are toxic.

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Post by Dr. Medulla » 07 Aug 2017, 5:04pm

101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 5:00pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 4:01pm
101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 3:39pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 10:59am
… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
Not me this time. As a kid I used to pinch it out of the allotments on my way home from rugby on a Sunday morning and get my mum to make a crumble.
That's why we planted it—to make rhubarb crisp. I'm really stunned that any creature would eat rhubarb raw given how tart it is.
I didn't think you could? The leaves are toxic.
Huh. Didn't know that. But absolutely everything was gone both times. Fuck, I hope it didn't kill the little bugger.
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Re: Today I learned …

Post by 101Walterton » 07 Aug 2017, 7:07pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 5:04pm
101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 5:00pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 4:01pm
101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 3:39pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 10:59am
… raccoons eat rhubarb. At least, that seems the proper conclusion. We've planted rhubarb twice this year and twice the whole damned plant has vanished. The boss wants to blame my squirrels but there's been evidence of raccoon incursions so I'm inclined to blame them.
Not me this time. As a kid I used to pinch it out of the allotments on my way home from rugby on a Sunday morning and get my mum to make a crumble.
That's why we planted it—to make rhubarb crisp. I'm really stunned that any creature would eat rhubarb raw given how tart it is.
I didn't think you could? The leaves are toxic.
Huh. Didn't know that. But absolutely everything was gone both times. Fuck, I hope it didn't kill the little bugger.
Yep the leaves raw will make you ill Ok if cooked.

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Post by Marky Dread » 07 Aug 2017, 7:52pm

101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 7:07pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 5:04pm
101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 5:00pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 4:01pm
101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 3:39pm


Not me this time. As a kid I used to pinch it out of the allotments on my way home from rugby on a Sunday morning and get my mum to make a crumble.
That's why we planted it—to make rhubarb crisp. I'm really stunned that any creature would eat rhubarb raw given how tart it is.
I didn't think you could? The leaves are toxic.
Huh. Didn't know that. But absolutely everything was gone both times. Fuck, I hope it didn't kill the little bugger.
Yep the leaves raw will make you ill Ok if cooked.
Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb.
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Post by revbob » 07 Aug 2017, 8:33pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 11:52am

I encourage the squirrels by feeding them peanuts every morning, and the little bastards do bury peanuts in the lawn. But we've also had raccoons—that they're still coming despite the fences was confirmed in the last few days that a water bowl I have out for the squirrels was filled with dirty water in the morning; they're washing their food in it—and skunks and a couple groundhogs. I've blocked things off enough since replacing the sod back there that I don't see how skunks and ground hogs are getting in, but I can see raccoons climbing in via some trees.
BBE will back me up on this, Never Ever encourage the squirrels.

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Post by 101Walterton » 07 Aug 2017, 8:44pm

Marky Dread wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 7:52pm
101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 7:07pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 5:04pm
101Walterton wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 5:00pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 4:01pm


That's why we planted it—to make rhubarb crisp. I'm really stunned that any creature would eat rhubarb raw given how tart it is.
I didn't think you could? The leaves are toxic.
Huh. Didn't know that. But absolutely everything was gone both times. Fuck, I hope it didn't kill the little bugger.
Yep the leaves raw will make you ill Ok if cooked.
Rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 07 Aug 2017, 8:44pm

revbob wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 8:33pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 11:52am

I encourage the squirrels by feeding them peanuts every morning, and the little bastards do bury peanuts in the lawn. But we've also had raccoons—that they're still coming despite the fences was confirmed in the last few days that a water bowl I have out for the squirrels was filled with dirty water in the morning; they're washing their food in it—and skunks and a couple groundhogs. I've blocked things off enough since replacing the sod back there that I don't see how skunks and ground hogs are getting in, but I can see raccoons climbing in via some trees.
BBE will back me up on this, Never Ever encourage the squirrels.
I've been feeding them every morning for a good couple years now. No problems whatsoever and I enjoy watching them scamper around.
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Re: Today I learned …

Post by BostonBeaneater » 07 Aug 2017, 10:06pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 8:44pm
revbob wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 8:33pm
Dr. Medulla wrote:
07 Aug 2017, 11:52am

I encourage the squirrels by feeding them peanuts every morning, and the little bastards do bury peanuts in the lawn. But we've also had raccoons—that they're still coming despite the fences was confirmed in the last few days that a water bowl I have out for the squirrels was filled with dirty water in the morning; they're washing their food in it—and skunks and a couple groundhogs. I've blocked things off enough since replacing the sod back there that I don't see how skunks and ground hogs are getting in, but I can see raccoons climbing in via some trees.
BBE will back me up on this, Never Ever encourage the squirrels.
I've been feeding them every morning for a good couple years now. No problems whatsoever and I enjoy watching them scamper around.
Me too, especially when I've winged them and they're dragging one leg.
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