Urban Tomato Farming and Raccoon Deterence

Raccoons can identify tomatoes at the moment of perfect ripeness.  they attack at night, taking a big parasite-infected bite out of our precious fruit and leaving a squishy half-eaten former beauty on the ground, like a corpse left at the scene by a serial killer taunting the authorities.

Following the loss of three Black Princes, a Persimmon, a Green Zebra and a Red Brandywine, the Queen of Cuisine summoned up her artistry and energy and created an anti-raccoon palisade around the tomato patch.  The varmints managed to reach over the chicken wire (which they hate) Tomato pallisade by Carol, 2014 003

to snag the Brandywine, but we reinforced the top and added a ring of string to “confound” them, as Her Majesty says.

The “Critter Ridder” I sprinkled yesterday doesn’t seem to do much.

I’ll keep you posted on developments.


About iwolkoff

Irvin Wolkoff is a psychiatrist and wine journalist who has been a wine enthusiast and collector since his university days.
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2 Responses to Urban Tomato Farming and Raccoon Deterence

  1. Spanish Wine Society says:

    A f….n’ rife will do it—with a silencer.

  2. iwolkoff says:

    Regrettably, even a .22 bullet will travel a mile if you miss the critter. Your idea is emotionally appealing but intolerably dangerous.

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