I planted corn seeds two weeks ago when it was still a bit cold, but we had some heat wave days. I wasn't sure when they were going to come up... then became concerned when I found a few dimples where the corn should have been planted -- I was pretty sure I didn't leave any. Since last week, some of the corn has come up but not very many, and a few days ago, one of my cats alerted me to a chipmunk running though the garden.
I decided to go ahead and sow the 2nd batch of corn, but this time, soak them overnight to hopefully encourage germination. After seeing the chipmunk, I sliced up some of the super hot black peppers and tepin peppers that I harvested from the overwintered peppers and added them to the tub of water in which the corn seeds were soaking.
I planted the hot pepper flavored corn and randomly dropped the bits of hot peppers in with the seeds, then added a few drops of the soaking water in the planting holes.
Assuming the hot peppers won't somehow inhibit germination, hopefully this will discourage the chipmunks and the corn will get the chance to germinate.