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Re: What's eating my tomatoes?
  • Subject: Re: What's eating my tomatoes?
  • From: Catharine Carpenter <cathycrc@comcast.net>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2011 15:02:19 -0500

While I would not rule out squirrels, I would consider invertebrates. While I have not bothered to try to definitively identify them, I have found critters of "squash bug" shape munching on mine. Have taken to picking mine early and ripening them indoors.
Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Aug 15, 2011, at 12:36 PM, Aplfgcnys@aol.com wrote:

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?

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