Heirloom Tomatoes
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how to protect your tomato plants from rats

Zone Southern California | happygardner added on September 3, 2011 | Answered

I have some beautiful heirloom tomato plants, which are yielding a good crop of tomatoes, but every one that just starts to turn color from green is eaten. And I mean they wait until it is just starting to get the hint of a hue other than green, and whoosh, they are eaten. Please help!

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Heather
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Answered on September 5, 2011

There are a few things you can try. Cayenne pepper sprinkled on and around the plants, citrus peels and predatory urea (available at garden centers) are all good deterrents.

You can also try hanging pie plates or old CDs around the plants or cover the plants with bird netting.

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