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Name: Colleen Chory

keithchory
Mar 5, 2017 10:05 AM CST
How do I keep squirlls out of tomatoe garden. They ate most of what 25 plants produced last year. This was the first time this has happened in 5 years of planting tomatoes in my yard.Thanks
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CarolineScott
Mar 5, 2017 10:16 AM CST
Here they were nibbling---just taking a bite out of peppers.
This year I will place a tomato wire over each pepper plant, and then pull a clear plastic bag over that. I will cut holes in the bag so it is vented.
They did not touch the tomatoes here.
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plantmanager
Mar 5, 2017 12:06 PM CST
Critters seem to be a problem nearly everywhere. All you can do is rig up some netting to protect the fruit. Even so, if they are determined to eat they usually find a way! I try to plant more than I need so there will be some for the critters.
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McCannon
Mar 5, 2017 2:49 PM CST
Food for thought, well, actually, food for squirrels: https://garden.org/thread/view...
It's worth a try and the most it will cost is a sack of mixed birdseed.
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Frillylily
Mar 5, 2017 3:29 PM CST
I think they sometimes eat tomatoes because they are looking for moisture. Have you tried setting out a shallow pan of fresh water in a shaded area? They may come to that and not bother the tomatoes as much. You can also make a mixture of hot sauce and water and spray around the plants, maybe that would help.

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