so the question on everybody’s mind is how do i keep them from eating my ripened tomato (or any other fruit or veggie in your garden)? while there are many methods to choose from we will cover just a few natural and mostly non violent methods in this blog. first and foremost you might need to camp out a while in your garden to determine if it is in fact a squirrel. this will help you determine which route to take to help maximize your success.
some say the reason why they pick the ripest tomatoes is that they are looking for moisture and these ones are the most plump and juicy. a simple solution would be to place a bird bath or bowls of water about your garden to encourage them to drink the water instead of eating your fruit(s) or veggie(s).
another non violent method is to use a pepper mixture and apply to plants and around the border of your garden or yard. this method is said to deter them from entering the space and therefore keeping the fruits of your labor safe and sound. if you choose this method please wear safety gear and avoid skin and eye contact. recipes can be found online and you can use whatever one that is easiest for you to acquire the ingredients.
predator urine is a little more expensive, however is said to be a very effective deterrent. you can order online or get at a local gardening store.
get cagey and creative
they are resourceful little critters and can be tricky. one of the most common and relatively inexpensive methods is building a cage around your plants. chicken wire is easy to use and manipulate around plants and planter beds.
get a cat or a dog. most (not all) cats and dogs are not interested in capturing and killing squirrels. just their mere presence is a natural deterrent to most animals in their space, be it squirrel or otherwise.
give in but don’t give up
some gardeners forego all of these methods and go with the give in method. that is to say they don’t give up growing their garden but they do give in to nature. in this case you would plant more than you hope to get and let the animals take their share and you get yours. the only pitfall to this one is that space may be a limiting factor for your garden.