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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

A question worth its' own blog post. Tomato pests, including squirrels.

Posted Sunday, May 5, 2013, at 10:39 AM
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  • By the way, why would I post a picture of cucumbers if I am talking about tomatoes? Well, it comes from another blog post, PLUS cucumbers go along with tomatoes nicely in sandwiches and salads. :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, May 4, 2013, at 1:04 PM
  • So - the squirrels here have never bothered my tomatoes. Have you guys actually seen squirrels at your plants?

    -- Posted by wildwoman on Sun, May 5, 2013, at 7:26 AM
  • Squirrels don't bother ours either, but we live in the country, have dogs who LOVE to chase them and there is plenty of other, less dangerous food to eat.

    We have members in the city who don't have the same deterrents as us and they report their gardens are often the target of squirrel foraging. Some go after the fruit or veggies and others dig up their garden beds burying their "stash". OF course, they also have issues with their bird feeders, but that is another angle.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, May 5, 2013, at 10:40 AM
  • I see it every day. Digging holes in my plant beds has been especially bad this year.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Mon, May 6, 2013, at 3:06 AM
  • Other gardeners have reported success with placing pieces of chicken wire or something similar underneath mulch. This also deters dogs and cats who dig for different reasons.

    A less permanent deterrent is red pepper sprinkled around, but that washes away quickly and I am not convinced that some pests even like it. :-)

    To keep dogs from laying in the beds I often use rocks for both landscaping accents and to reduce the comfortable spaces on which to lie.

    What about insects? Any tried and true home remedy for tomato worms, aphids, etc.?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, May 6, 2013, at 9:15 AM
  • I am starting to suspect my packet of cucumbers/spinach is actually another form of bitter melon. If so, we have some friends who will be happy with this, but it means I will need to plant the Armenian cucumbers I got (back) from Barbara.

    I say got back because she saved seeds from some backs of cukes I put on her door, but I did not and she returned some to me a few meetings ago.

    Speaking of meetings, we have one this Friday!

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, May 7, 2013, at 4:58 PM
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