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Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« on: June 23, 2019, 10:19:50 am »
I am not sure that this posting should go under homestead, but as no one has posted here in a very long time, I will.
In between storms yesterday, I think I have gotten my tomatoes squirrel proofed.
1 1/2 weeks ago I dug up a bed of Iris to build a 5x5 raised bed for tomatoes.  Got that done and planted my tomatoes that I had started from seed.  There was also room for some peppers around the edges.  I got excellent germination from a heirloom variety, Ace 55.
Yesterday, I put up 6 ft. frame around the bed and covered it with bird netting.   I also did the same over part of another bed that I had redone for lavender.  That bed is another story, but at the end of the lavender bed I put 2 tomatoes that are doing very well and have fruit on them.  If my tomatoes produce, the harvest is going to be very late.  Tomatoes need sun and moisture.  We got the moisture, still waiting for lots of sun.
I am told that bird netting is sufficient to deter squirrels.  I hope my source is right.  I know my terrier mix dog is trying his best, but he has to nap sometime. 

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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2019, 02:12:44 pm »
Ought to work. Tagging in for updates.  :)
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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2019, 01:40:33 pm »
Well, like I said the dog is trying.  I just watched him kill another big, fat squirrel!  The trick is getting the dog to give up his kill.

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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2019, 02:48:12 pm »
Puppie just wants a snack! :D
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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2019, 08:15:04 pm »
Update:  The bird netting is working!  It's a no squirrel zone.  Tomatoes are starting to ripen.  I've picked 3 beautiful tomatoes!  It's been too hot for any more fruit to set, but I hope to have fruit set this fall.

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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2020, 07:48:22 am »
Thanks for sharing BakersDozen.
I'm currently wrangling with a group of squirrels in my new garden who developed a taste for seed corn.
I can tell harvest is going to be hard enough if they're going after the seeds this hard.
So far the only solution has been 36 or 40 grains at a time. I think I'll give some of this netting idea a try on a few other crops I have out there.

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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2020, 09:43:51 am »
The only problem I had with the bird netting was that it caught birds.  I don't mean starlings.  I caught a wren and a Goldfinch.  The wren I was able to cut lose, but I was too late for the Goldfinch.  I haven't put it up yet this year.  Perhaps I will wait until the plants set fruit and they start to mature.  We have had frost warnings the last 3 nights.  Those tomato plants are just setting there.

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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2020, 09:46:19 am »
I'd be interested to see if the squirrels try again, or if they have learned that area is a no go zone...
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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2020, 08:54:02 am »
Well, here we are again.  I have 5 tomato plants in the ground.  The rabbits started nibbling on the top tender shoots when they were little.  I put rabbit fencing around the tomato bed and that stopped the rabbits.  The top is open, so far.  I read that squirrels don't like coffee grounds, so that's where the used coffee grounds are going.  I will have to put some type of top over the tomatoes eventually.  Suggestions regarding a top from anyone?  The dog has earned his keep terrorizing the squirrels and keeping the numbers down but those little stinkers can ruin a tomato harvest quick.
My neighbors has 2 tomato plants and they are twice the size of mine. 

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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2020, 10:54:08 am »
Squirrel in the stew pot in the winter means no tomato problem in the summer.
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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2020, 09:23:29 pm »
That sounds very proverbesque iddee...
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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 11:10:42 pm »
Squirrel in the stew pot in the winter means no tomato problem in the summer.

   LOL  mostly what I was thinking too!
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Re: Squirrel proofing tomatoes
« Reply #12 on: Today at 09:03:17 am »
We have a couple of tomatoes that are starting to ripen.  I placed some inexpensive string trellis type stuff, over the top of the bed, hoping the squirrels won't like it.  I have rabbit fencing around the tomato bed.  I read that squirrels don't like coffee grounds, so we have been adding spent grounds around the base of the plants.  I don't know if it's true, but it can't hurt.
The bird netting, that I used last year, was rather expensive.  I found a wren entangled in the net.  I was able to cut it out.  I didn't find the goldfinch, also caught in the net, in time.  I really hated that.

Meanwhile, the dog is on the job.  He eliminated a juvenile squirrel yesterday.  Good boy!