Gardening Ideas forum: Tomato plant protection

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Mentor on the Lake, Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Samlav
Sep 18, 2017 8:31 PM CST
We have deer in our neighborhood that have eaten quite a few new potted tomato plants in the past. Angry What we did this year to save the crop was place the pots in the back of our yard against a wire fence and cover them with bird netting propped up by tall narrow driveway markers used to tell snowplowers where the driveway is after a snowfall. And that's not all. We plant a marigold with each plant to ward off bugs and periodically sprinkle shavings of Irish Spring soap in the area. This year we also enjoyed Christmas in JUne, July, and August by placing solar powered fairy lights on a Hemlock Tree nearby. Hilarious! At dusk the tree lights, set on blinking mode, go off and on through the night.
Knock on wood, so far we have had no damage to the tomatoes. Crossing Fingers!
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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Sep 20, 2017 10:24 AM CST
Don't have deer problems but sounds like you've got all your bases covered!
Any ideas as to how to stop birds from pecking holes in tomatoes? Like, eew, as much as I like birds, I really don't want to share a tomato with them.
Mentor on the Lake, Ohio (Zone 5b)
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Samlav
Sep 27, 2017 7:57 PM CST
I would double up on the bird netting and prop it up away from touching the plants. Maybe you could divert the birds to another part of the yard by placing a bird bath and feeder there. Just a thought! I tip my hat to you.
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Oct 3, 2017 7:32 PM CST
Got way too many bird feeders but the birds have been MIA for the last few weeks. Must be eating berries, as well as seeds (please eat my weed seeds!) and insects. Don't think they've fallen victim to feral cats. Cats couldn't get as many jays as I usually have at the feeders.

Anyway, when the time comes, I think I'll really double up on the netting.

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