Jailed Tomatoes

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 ttomato-garden1o 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.

tomato-garden2I 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. tomato-garden3

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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