My tomato crop is being decimated. Whatever it is, is light on its feet because nothing is disturbed or knocked over. I covered with bird netting, but it didn't help. I just concocted a hot pepper brew and sprayed it on all the fruit.
Any ideas who the thug is? Any help to protect my crop? Next year I will fence it in, but I would like to save some tomatoes now.
Ah. I thought it was the bottom ones for sme reason. Yes, unless the netting is far enough iff the 'maters, that's probably it. Anyway to raise the netting so there's more free space to protect the fruits? I've usd makeshift frames out of bamboo or old poles. Ain't purty, but it works. You could pick them and they'd ripen, but that does seem too soon.
p.s. Recently got home from 10 days in your neck of the woods. I grew up in Scarsdale, and Mom and brother are still there. Hot and wet :)
In addition to raising the netting you could hang a couple of red plastic balls close to the tomatoes. birds pick on them first, rather then just turning pink ones. They learn that the plastic can't be eaten and hopefully leave the others alone. That helped me with my grape tomatoes last harvest.
You can pick a tomato at the slightest blush of color on its butt end, and ripen it perfectly, inside. Doesn't need to sit on a windowsill, either, because once you pick it, the photosynthesis process is broken, so the fruit is no longer responding to the rays from the sun...
So, I would pick those blushing beauties, frustrate the birds, and smile all the way to the salad bar, instead...
I concur, pick them early and starve those critters! I'm from Syracuse, now living in Montreal, talking about taxes and a short growing season! Between crows and squirrels gardening can be a challenge!