What? You don’t’ keep your tomatoes in protective custody? Well…mine are on lock down. That is because of the #@$!#* deer!!!
I don’t live in the country and my house doesn’t border the forest, I actually live by the beach. So where do the deer come from? I suspect they swim across from a tiny island a mile or so from land. It is supposedly home to some of Billy the Kids buried treasure. To add to the bury treasure intrigue, low tide exposes a sandbar, for short periods of time, allowing access to the island by foot. If deer can’t swim, then that must be how they get across – the land bridge!
My family rolls their eyes at my theory. Yet, last month I visited Fire Island, NY which is surrounded by the ocean. There are signs posted, in the sand dunes, with a warning, DO NOT FEED THE DEER! Ha…maybe my theory isn’t so crazy after all – beach deer do exist.
I guess it doesn’t matter how they get into my yard, they do. They wait until the tomatoes are just ripe enough (when you think, ‘tomorrow I will pick it for my sandwich’), they remove the fruit and the branches they are attached to. Basically, destroying my dreams of a bacon, lettuce and tomato and the possibility of the plant producing more tomatoes. This inspired my husband to create the jailed tomato fix. He built a cage around our tomato garden, when the plants get taller we put screens on top to keep them from getting munched.
Our system works pretty well. Once in a while an unsuspecting tomato plant wants to stretch its branches beyond the border, which is a mistake, it will be gone by the next morning. Last year I discovered that deer must not like onions. My scientific evidence? The tomato plants with onions bordering them did not get touched. So this year I increased the onion protection patrol and planted two bags around the tomato plant parameters. I didn’t mess with onion seeds, I used bulbs so they would come up faster.
I take guarding my tomatoes seriously. Hopefully, my efforts will be fruitful! 😉
Does anyone else have this issue?
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