Raccoons→Raccoons (and other garden thieves) Not Welcome

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MindiD
Nov 23, 2020 11:49 AM CST
I planted and harvested ~1000' garden this summer, and lost a total of maybe 5 tomatoes from 13 unexpectedly large and extremely fruitful tomato plants. How did I limit the furry beasts to 5 tomatoes?
1. Ammonia. Starting every spring, I outline the entire property w/lemon scented ammonia. Ammonia's pungent scent lets everyone know who is and who is not welcome in our yard, trees and definitely not my garden. I "perfume" outside and on the fences as well. No need for unwelcomed guests to think climbing is an acceptable entrance. Ammonia outlines also dissuade raccoons from "aerating" yards and clawing tree trunks.
2. Cats. My neighbors have a guard cat who they allow to roam the great outdoors. "Gato" kindly chased away several curious garden thieves this year, going so far as to chase a raccoon into a nearby tree, hissing so it stayed there- far, far away from my garden.
3. Blood meal. It may be organic, but blood and bone meal are gross. So gross that no furry thieves will cross into a garden lined w/it. Gato won't even cross a line of blood meal.
As w/all pest controls, be conscientious when using ammonia or fertilizers that may harm or destroy the plants you're trying to protect. Ammonia burns grass. Blood and bone meal aren't good for many plants. I used everything suggested on the perimeters of both my garden and yard.
Cheers to kindly dissuading yard, tree and garden diggers and thieves!

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