Squirrel Problem

Q: I have a problem with squirrels digging in my pots. I can’t keep anything growing in them since they dig up everything. 

A: One of my gardening friends collects sweetgum balls and uses them to mulch around summer annuals in her pots. Another friend cuts wire clothes hangers into 6” inch lengths and inserts them into her pots to discourage digging. Personally, I cut chicken wire into small shapes that fit inside my pots and around the stems of my plants. I cover the wire with a thin layer of potting soil.