Protecting the Strawberries
After finding two squirrels happily pilfering all our strawberries the Tolcarne security squad sprang into action!
Two nimble rodents, lots of stationary strawberries …a recipe for disaster; but how to solve the problem in a non-violent humane way? Out of the think tank came an idea from Alex. By utilizing offcuts of wood and clear plastic sheet a secure fence was built around the five beds. The sheet was stapled in place by Viktors and then a plastic net was fixed over the bed to help prevent even the most determined ‘flying’ squirrels.
Alas the rodents remained determined and using their natural agility they snuck under the net to filch more strawberries. We decided the best thing to do would be to pick all the strawberries. Adam made several jars of jam and the skirmish ended with the squirrels laughing and a concilation of strawberries for us.
That is until… Dhirasanta manages to catch one squirrel (by the tail) the squirrel bites him and escapes… but then, the squirrel is seen sneaking around the bins, Viktors deftly throws a bucket over him and away he goes for a little ride in the car to be let loose far far away.
One down one to go…
Whereas many farmers would have resorted to more extreme methods of pest control we dealt with this situation in a non-violent way. The Vedas prescribe ahimsa (non-violence) for those who wish to be free from the consequences of their actions.
Mahatma Gandhi once said:
"No power on earth can subjugate you when you are armed with the sword of ahimsa. It ennobles both the victor and the vanquished."