Answer: Good for you --- starting a community garden is a great thing to do! I'd afraid your more experienced gardening friends are right. Raccoons will devastate corn. You can try lots of home remedies such as playing a radio all night in the corn patch, taping the ears to the stalks, spraying hot pepper mix on the ears and putting bags of human hair in the corn patch. All may work for awhile, but eventually the raccoons figure them out and are in the patch! The best bet is a good dog or a electric fence.They can climb regular fences easily. Put it out now long before the corn is ready to harvest so they don't get used to running in your garden. The "fungus" your friends speak of in the tomato patch is probably a wilt of some type. You can try wilt resistant tomato varieties such as 'Celebrity', but if the plastic bucket method has worked in the past, I'd say go for it! Once wilt is in the soil is can take years on not planting tomato family crops to get rid of it.
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