Kangaroos like capsicums

@JudyEv (103368)
Bunbury, Australia
January 13, 2018 2:24am CST
I thought my capsicums were safe from predators because they are in raised beds but I forgot about the height of our kangaroos. They have almost completely demolished the plant in the foreground. I’ve since put some pieces of netting and Weldmesh around them but removed one piece for this photo. Hopefully the other plants will survive. So far they haven’t touched the pumpkins. I was hopeful that, because there is plenty of other vegetation for them, they might leave the capsicums alone but it seems not.
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@bagarad (8116)
• Paso Robles, California
13 Jan
Sounds like your kangaroos are a greedy as our deer. They eat what they like best, not necessarily the rest of the vegetation we hope they will eat. Deer are supposed to like poison oak, which we have in abundance, but they appear to prefer apples and other fruits growing on our trees. We have to hire people to get rid of the poison oak.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Sometimes they get a taste for something and that's all they're interested in.
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@bagarad (8116)
• Paso Robles, California
14 Jan
@JudyEv You've got that right! I guess I'm the same way.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@bagarad Maybe they all have OCD!
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@nomus24g (17334)
• India
13 Jan
thats what happen, what you fear most happens first :)
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Yes, that's very true.
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@nomus24g (17334)
• India
13 Jan
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@Platespinner (19008)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
13 Jan
We have fence-hopping deer around here, they've done so much damage to my plants that I've about given up on gardening altogether.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
To keep them out, would you need to build a higher-than-normal fence?
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
14 Jan
@JudyEv I've seen gardens in the area surrounded by 8 and 9 foot (2.5-3 m) chain-link fencing.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@Platespinner Not too many roos would jump fences that high. Mostly it's just the big bucks that jump over. Our boundary is just plain wires (and a couple of barbs) but they are not strained up and the roos have no trouble going under or through the wires.
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@LadyDuck (125798)
• Switzerland
13 Jan
What a shame, I thought they were spicy enough to let them alone. It seems that kangaroos like spicy food.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Perhaps you know them as bell peppers. They are not hot when they are cooked.
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@LadyDuck (125798)
• Switzerland
13 Jan
@JudyEv Bell peppers are not hot "capsicum" is generic for all peppers here, also chili peppers are members of the capsicum family.
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@peachpurple (11798)
• Malaysia
13 Jan
They do?????
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Yes, they do. They have just about demolished a whole plant.
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@Gillygirl (15678)
• Sutton, England
14 Jan
Hope you find something to keep the Kangaroos out. Forgive my ignorance but are capsicums peppers?
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Yes, bell peppers I believe. They're called capsicums here.
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@Gillygirl (15678)
• Sutton, England
14 Jan
@JudyEv I felt silly asking. I used to grow green peppers and I vaguely remember capsicum being on the back of the seed packet.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@Gillygirl You don't need to feel silly. Not so long ago I had to ask if bell peppers were similar to capsicums.
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@Shavkat (49631)
• Philippines
13 Jan
I am sorry to hear that it happens. I guess kangaroos are too hungry to munch this plant of yours.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
They shouldn't be hungry. There is plenty of grass for them to eat.
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@Shavkat (49631)
• Philippines
14 Jan
@JudyEv I do agree on that. I hope the fence can protect the plants. Is it an option?
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@Shavkat I've put up bits and pieces of barriers so hopefully they'll stay away now.
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@just4him (95376)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jan
When I think predators, I think smaller animals. I hope the netting works against your kangaroos.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
They can probably still stick their heads through the squares so I might have to find something with smaller holes.
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@just4him (95376)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
13 Jan
@JudyEv I hope you can keep them out.
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• Jalandhar, India
13 Jan
Nice to know that they like your capsicums
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
I wish they didn't like them so much. Perhaps I'll sprinkle cayenne pepper on them.
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• Jalandhar, India
13 Jan
@JudyEv haha
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@andriaperry (35592)
• Anniston, Alabama
14 Jan
One year deer ate all my green bean, another all my broccoli. edit : Tony said try hanging deodorant around them, deer hate the smell and wont come back.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
That's good to find something that works. I know rotten meat will keep them away but who wants that hanging on the fence?
@Susan2015 (19200)
• United States
13 Jan
They must really enjoy the taste of the capsicums.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
They certainly seem to. I just hope they don't start on my pumpkins.
@ilocosboy (33967)
• Philippines
13 Jan
That's my problem with my vegetables also, fences do really guard them from this predator.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
We rarely hear them although the garden bed is quite close to the house.
@Morleyhunt (17078)
• Canada
13 Jan
We've had to enclose our garden to keep the rabbits out. Without the mesh plants would begin to leaf out....and the next morning just a stem would remain.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Rabbits can't get to the higher raised beds but it's no problem for a kangaroo.
@allknowing (56639)
• India
13 Jan
I thought as much when I wondered why birds ate off my chilli saplings when there is so much of greenery in my garden.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
The parrots here nip off rose buds and flowers. They don't eat them at all - just nip them off. Very annoying for those trying to grow beautiful roses.
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@allknowing (56639)
• India
14 Jan
@JudyEv After that mini tornado our star fruit tree lost its top. When it got new shoots and started yielding the parrots never came as the fruits were at a lower level Earlier they would just nip off tender fruits.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@allknowing I don't mind them eating things but it's annoying when they just nip off buds and fruits.
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@MALUSE (33619)
• Denmark
14 Jan
Obviously, your plants are a well-known speciality among the kangaroos. :-)
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
Have you heard the expression 'I heard it on the grapevine'? I think our kangaroos spread the word amongst via the grapevine.
@MALUSE (33619)
• Denmark
14 Jan
@JudyEv Yes, I know what the grapevine expression means. Btw, how many kangaroos live in Australia? Has their number been estimated?
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
@MALUSE Wikipedia says there are about 25 million so I doubt they'll die off any time soon. They are fully protected now.
@dgobucks226 (7586)
14 Jan
I have the same problem with squirrels and my tomato plants.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
It's really annoying isn't it? Squirrels are pretty agile too. They'd be hard to stop.
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@JudyEv They are like little acrobats Judy. And smart! They will find a way through my netting. I have to pick them as soon as the tomatoes ripen or the squirrels get at them. What is really annoying is they take a couple bites and leave it, geesh!
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
5h
@dgobucks226 The birds do that in fruit trees too. Just take a peck out of each one. If they would eat a whole fruit it wouldn't be so bad but no, it's just a peck here and a peck there.
• Preston, England
14 Jan
bad enough having moles or rabbits eating your veg - can't imagine kangaroos joining in
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
I thought the raised beds might stop them but they regard it as a smorgasbord.
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• Preston, England
15 Jan
@JudyEv hard to know how to stop them without hurting the kangaroos
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@sjvg1976 (15613)
• Delhi, India
14 Jan
Hope so now you will take extra protection from kangaroos. I think they can eat any plant, vegetable or fruit. Are they omnivorous?
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
14 Jan
No, they only eat vegetable matter. I've put up some barriers to try to stop them.
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@sjvg1976 (15613)
• Delhi, India
21h
@JudyEv you did right hope now they won't enter it.
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• India
13 Jan
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
13 Jan
Thanks for the link. Fencing off the garden plants seems to be the best way to keep the kangaroos out.
• India
13 Jan
@JudyEv you welcome judy
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@UncleJoe (8983)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
14 Jan
Can you get a solar-powered electric fence? They wouldn't reach over that.
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@JudyEv (103368)
• Bunbury, Australia
15 Jan
I'm not sure six capsicums are worth a solar-powered electric fence.
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