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Old 04-01-2012, 09:01 PM
 
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In researching CD for info on tomato supports, I ran across posts that mention squirrels eating tomatoes. Yikes!

I've gardened in my back yard until and I think the dogs have kept the squirrels at bay. New garden is in front yard with no fence.

Any ideas how to keep the squirrels out of the tomatoes? Apparently, the squirrels around here even climb trees to get at the peaches.
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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In researching CD for info on tomato supports, I ran across posts that mention squirrels eating tomatoes. Yikes!

I've gardened in my back yard until and I think the dogs have kept the squirrels at bay. New garden is in front yard with no fence.

Any ideas how to keep the squirrels out of the tomatoes? Apparently, the squirrels around here even climb trees to get at the peaches.
We have been lucky I guess because they have never bothered our tomatoes. We do plant inside a fenced area (10x10) with a 6 ft fence, but some of our tomatoes end up outside the chain links. We have had a few rabbits come and enjoy our squash (only a few)

Nita
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Old 04-02-2012, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I'm planning to try a cayenne/water solution to burn their little tongues.

I need to figure out the right proportions and buy a new spray bottle first.
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Old 04-02-2012, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I'm planning to try a cayenne/water solution to burn their little tongues.

I need to figure out the right proportions and buy a new spray bottle first.
I would think it won't take much cayenne pepper to do the job.

Nita
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:10 PM
 
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In researching CD for info on tomato supports, I ran across posts that mention squirrels eating tomatoes. Yikes!

I've gardened in my back yard until and I think the dogs have kept the squirrels at bay. New garden is in front yard with no fence.

Any ideas how to keep the squirrels out of the tomatoes? Apparently, the squirrels around here even climb trees to get at the peaches.
Completely enclose tomato plant with larger chickenwire tent?
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Old 04-05-2012, 08:30 PM
 
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.22 hollow points should do nicely

(J/k)
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:53 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I have no idea if this is true, but it could be: I heard once that squirrels don't actually like tomatoes and only eat them during a hot summer b/c of the water content. I sort of believe this though b/c I was walking down my front walk one morning when a squirrel dropped a tomato on my head, and it had a bite taken out of it. It seems like if you could make sure they have access to water they might leave your tomatoes alone.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:12 PM
 
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I'm from southern Michigan and had never experienced or heard of this but now live in southern Ohio and have heard it several times. Weird.

I agree with the water comment. Couldn't hurt to try it anyway.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:44 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Our tomatoes kept disappearing so I wired a critter cam to the fence. Caught one red-handed with a GREEN tomato in it's mouth! I have no doubt that they were the culprits for the ripe ones as well. This is in SW Missouri.
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Old 04-06-2012, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Squirrels were eating ours, worse the yr. of the drought, they were even eating the green ones! I have bowls of water out for them and the birds. Anyway, I "paint" them w/Frank's Red Hot mixed w/water and that works, you have to reapply if it rains.
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