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Re: What's eating my tomatoes?
  • Subject: Re: What's eating my tomatoes?
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 15:54:01 -0400 (EDT)

Usually the top third is just hollowed out.  Somtimes two smaller rows
have been dug out, but not just a round hole or v-shaped bite.
Chipmunks  around here are certainly not ground-bound.  I have recently
seen them eating the crabapples in the tree outside my kitchen window.
This would be 10 or 12 feet off the ground.  They are right out on the tips
of the branches, swaying in the breeze.  They also climb up into the
hanging pots of tomatoes in the breezeway.  I know they have eaten some
of those tomatoes,  but those are all the "cherry" types.  They are very 
and sit and bark at me if I disturb them.
I wish I could let my cats out to take care of the chippies, but there are 
coyotes in the woods and people have lost numerous small pets around
here.  We hear the coyotes at night, but they don't come into the yard
or disturb the squirrels and chipmunks.  And last week we came into
the driveway in time to see a groundhog scurrying into the garage.  
Can't win this battle.  So far, knock on wood, the deer seem to be
responding to Liquid Fence.  I see them come into the yard in the early
morning, but they don't stay, and so far have done little damage.  Of course
that could change any day.  
In a message dated 8/15/2011 3:05:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
dp2413@comcast.net writes:

Gray Squirrel feeding patterns vary from year to year.  Chipmunks usually 
eat fruit that is low to the ground. Squirrels and birds take it higher up. 
Are you seeing "v" shaped marks, perfectly round holes, or something else?

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] What's eating my tomatoes?

> We have loads of squirrels, including a few black ones, but they have
> never been a problem any way but stealing from the bird-feeder and
> planting acorns and  hickory nuts in my flower beds.
> In a message dated 8/15/2011 2:27:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> dp2413@comcast.net writes:
> That's pretty typical of squirrels, but it's hard to tell without looking
> at
> the tooth marks/bitten area. Got a camera?
> d
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Monday, August 15, 2011 1:36 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] What's eating my tomatoes?
>> Because of uncooperative weather conditions and other situations my
>> vegetable garden got off to a very late start this year.  However, now
>> that
>> my tomatoes have set fruit, something is eating the green tomatoes.
>> The vegetable garden is fenced.For several years I lost so much to
>> woodchucks, but we did sink fence wire a couple of feet below the
>> ground, and the fence is 10 feet high, so we are not having as much
>> trouble with the chucks.
>> I have been able to harvest one batch of beans
>> and another is in full flower now.  For the past three years they had 
>> been
>> eaten to the ground at that point.  Those things haven't been eaten, but
>> something is taking the green tomatoes when they get about two or three
>> inches across.
>> First, I would find a half-eaten one on the ground beside
>> the plant.  That was infuriating.  Now, as more fruits are developing, I
>> am
>> finding that ones still on  the plant have bites taken out of them.
>> Really
>> now!  Usually not too much of the fruit is eaten - just enough to spoil
>> it.
>> What is doing this?  I believe it is chipmunks, which are small enough to
>> get through the gap at the gate, and who have holes all over the place,
>> even in the garden.  We are totally overrun with them.
>> I have tried using Park's "Shake Away" which is fox urine and said to
>> deter small pests, but it doesn't seem to work.  I think they just don't
>> know what a fox is.
>> Any ideas about how to control them?  Or what else could be getting
>> at my tomatoes?
>> Auralie

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