Be Careful What You Blog About

Awhile back I wrote a blog post titled Keeping the Raccoons Away. The post was about a book launch I attended for a gardening book, PLants for Atlantic Gardens, and was meant to be light-hearted as I joked about my husband’s foolproof method for keeping raccoons out of our grapevine.

This grapevine goes on forever, despite the fact that it is pruned every year.

Living in a rural area this is a bit of a challenge, as each year we’d try
to pick the ripe grapes before the raccoons scoffed them all off. Most times we lost out, waking some morning to find every last grape gone..

Little did I know, when I wrote that post back then, how much of a problem those pesky raccoons are for so many, and just how many people would turn to the internet for answers, and just how many would stumble across that blog post looking for an answer. (You’ve got to love wordpress for letting you know what words people search on when they find your blog.) Had I known back then the number of people who would be interested in knowing this secret I would have actually posted that answer. But how’s a blogger to know what will generate interest on the internet? So for all of you who come seeking the truth as to how my husband kept the raccoons out of our grapevine it’s really quite simply.

He played music. Yep that’s it. Sounds pretty simple. Nope he didn’t sit out by the grapevine playing quitar at night, heaven forbid. (Believe me the neighbours would have had something to say about that.)

These grapes still have a long way to go.

Each night he plugged in his radio, and went off to dreamland.Now since raccoons are not interested in green grapes or country music, you need only serenade them late in the season when the grapes begin to ripen. Anyway that’s it. It worked for us. We were able to happily harvest our grapes last year– ever last one of them.

Next time I’ll think twice before writing a blog post. There’s nothing worse than searching a subject and discover the ramblings of Nova Scotia writer and not what you’re really looking for. 🙂

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18 Comments

  1. I heard about this. Through the grapevine.

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  2. A radio? Who would have thought. I guess the racoons thought the humans were having a sing-a-long. I wonder if this would work for deer, too.

    Knowing what search words people use to find your blog is very interesting. I like it.

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    • It might also work for deer, Diane. I’m sure the noise chased the raccoons away. Deer probably wouldn’t like it either… These days, I’m wondering if it would also work on bear as we seem to have one of those hanging around as well.

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  3. I sahll tuck away this info for future use in case it’s ever needed…thanks.

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  4. My posts on cake disasters are what gets the most hits. I’m sure there are folks out there looking for solutions to cake mishaps and end up on my silly blog, disappointed. I offer no solutions, only confessions. My famous butt cake gets the most hits of all my disasters.

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  5. Whatever it takes to get readers to your blog!! I am so glad you finally revealed the secret as I always wondered what it was. Will keep it in mind as we get these masked, ring tailed visitors as well from time to time.

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    • I didn’t actually think at the time that anyone would be interested in the secret, but once I started seeing all those search words I knew there were quite a few folks out there wanting to know how to keep raccoons out of grapevines.Who knew?

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  6. What a wonderful story. Music. I wonder if Bob Dylan would have worked as well. LOL. Love this.

    I’ve never seen raccoons in these parts. Otters, beavers, badgers, but no raccoons as yet. Probably too much rain.

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    • I’m surprised that you don’t see raccoons, Joylene. They seem to be everywhere. Perhaps I’ll send some out your way. 😉

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  7. I hope your grapes were wonderful since YOU got to eat them this time. 🙂

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    • I have to say it was rather nice to be able to pierce the skin on our own grapes last year instead of finding a few stray grapes lying on the ground the morning after the big raid.

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  8. Hired a Def Leopard eh. See that – I’ve almost got a Canadian accent y’all.

    Most of our pests are reptiles – lizards, snakes & gators – & they seem to really like our pool – go figure.

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    • Dave, we’ll Canadianize you one way or another..lol!

      We have turtles, salamanders and garter snakes up here and those I can handle. As for the lizards and gators you can keep them in Florida with y’all…

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  9. I need something to keep the deer out of my garden…they’re fearless!

    Wendy

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    • We have deer around here as well. Unfortunately, we don’t have much of a garden this year as time just didn’t permit.

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