Hi, I am new to gardening. I just ordered some tomato plants. I plan to
grow the plants in pots. I plan to use concrete reinforced wire mesh for
the cages. But I have squirrels mice and birds who will be interested in
these plants. The squirrels ate my spring bulbs! So I was thinking about
covering the mesh cages with clear plastic painter's drop cloths. I don't
want to buy the tomato teepee. What do you think about my plans? Thanks in
advance for your feedback. :)
I think that will cook your plants in hot weather.
I've never had squirrels or mice or birds bother my tomatoes
in any way.
Maybe I've just been lucky: but I've grown tomatoes for the
better part of 30 years, in four locations, and no critters
have ever bothered them.
BTW, tomatoes are LARGE plants - many varieties are anyway.
I hope the pots are very large, very large indeed.
The last time I tried growing a full-size tomato plant in a
pot, we eventually had to transplant it into a 22-gallon
Rubbermaid storage container and even that wasn't really
I wouldn't do it! I use large, clear, commercial garbage bags over my
large tomato cages as protection from really chilly nights but must be
diligent about getting them off before the sun has been up very long.
Properly put on, they would cause the tomato plants damage.
*And* plastic will not keep the critters out if they want to get in.
Plastic seems to be a squirrel's appetizer around here. There should be
no problem with mice, the birds shouldn't bother them if there is water
around, and the squirrels will get them anyway if they want them. There
has often been an overabundance of squirrels in my yard and only once has
a tomato ever been taken of the many thousands of tomatoes grown here.
The young apricots this year are another matter . . . finally figured out
why there are very few apricots on my tree!
If you really want some critter protection, you can always make over-cages
of the smaller mesh chicken wire, but you'd probably being going to
unnecessary trouble and expense.
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