August 26, 2011
Squirrels LOVE my tomatoes! I have grown tomatoes for 30 plus years, and have been fighting over who gets to eat the tomatoes, me, or "the squirrels".
Now, I have tried just about every old-time remedy that I ever heard about. I have surrounded my plants with human hair clippings. I have tied aluminum pans to poles hoping the noise would keep those pesky squirrels away. I have tried hot pepper spray-those squirrels thought I made them salsa! I tried tying bars of soap around my plants. Well, I had clean plants, but it didn't deter the squirrels a bit.
This year, as a last resort, I tried tying shiny, red Christmas ornaments around my plants. The idea is that the squirrels think they are getting a plump red tomato, and instead they get frustrated trying to gnaw on a tasteless plastic ball! Now, I must admit--I got more tomatoes this year than I got in the last five years! Guess I'll try again next year after all.
All I've got to say is good luck to ya! Happy gardening.