The Q&A Archives: Wall-o-waters & Thirsty Raccoons

Question: I started my tomatoes with Wall-O-Waters, and everything was going nicely until this morning: I found all the Wall-O-Waters knocked over (with the tomatoes crushed underneath) and some had holes torn in them. At first I was baffled (no neighbors are angry at me - at least that I know of), and then it dawned on me: We're having a terrible spring drought in the Northeast, and thirsty raccoons most likely are the culprits (I feel kind of sorry for the poor things, despite what they did). My quesiton is: Does anyone make something similar to Wall-O-Waters that can be "sealed off", so none of the water is exposed? I've heard Kozy Coats are easier to fill than Wall-O-Waters, but the water is still exposed.

Answer: I am not familiar with a closed product. Instead of changing your procedures, perhaps you could simply provide some fresh water closer/more convenient to the raccoons and they (and a variety of other critters) would be happy to use that instead.

Alternatively, since raccoons can carry disease and are likely to continue to be destructive to your garden, you might consider contacting animal control and/or fencing them out of your garden.

I'm sorry about your tomato plants!

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