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Re: What's eating my tomatoes?
gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: What's eating my tomatoes?
  • From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
  • Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 14:30:39 -0400 (EDT)

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.
APL
 
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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