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Post  Dunhour on 6/28/2018, 1:29 pm

I built two 4 x 4 raised beds and made chicken wire cages.  On one bed my cage is 4 x 3 to allow for my tomato plants to climb up a large climbing wall on the edge of the bed.  Something is eating my tomatos.  I have rabbits and squirrels in abundance.  Before the tomatos can grow to a decent size and ripen, they are snatched off th plant.  Any suggestions?  I aslo havwe a summer squash plant that is being attacked too.
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Post  sanderson on 6/29/2018, 2:51 am

Dunhour,  In some yards, folks have to build a giant enclosed cage and have their beds inside.  Here are 2 photos of a garden enclosed around the lower half.  The top could be enclosed with some modifications.  Plants are still being eaten... Garden15
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Some folks cover individual fruits in panty hose or mesh produce bags.  Here's a nighttime photo of a nice cantaloupe I'm trying to protect from Rocky and friends. Plants are still being eaten... Cantal12

Here is a PVC frame holding my corn from falling over.  Corn is not a serious crop for me but this strip of wasted dirt was perfect for composting and growing fun stuff.  Everything else is in SFG beds raised off the ground.  You could make a similar frame for the tall tomatoes.  Cover with chicken wire if the holes are small enough to exclude your critters.  One gardener uses this product from Joann's Fabrics.  You could make it baggy enough for you to get in or just unfasten and lift up one side.

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For next year, you may want to make a separate bed for tomatoes (2'x4') and enclose in a tall PVC frame at least 5' x 6'

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Post  sanderson on 6/29/2018, 2:52 am

Take a look at this thread. Almost everyone would do something different if they could do over. http://squarefoot.forumotion.com/t1697-if-you-could-start-over-what-would-you-do-differently

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