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Remedial tomato training

Tying up tomatoes

After the deer started nibbling, I opted not to prune or train our tomatoes. After all, I figured tying them up would just make the tender shoots easier to reach, while pruning might be a problem if the deer came along behind me and removed the stems I left behind.

But now we have a fence! I'm a little afraid to trust the new barrier, but I went ahead and tied up the tomatoes anyway. Given all of the rain we've enjoyed over the last week, it's about time I got fungi-sensitive plants off the ground...and in the process I noted the first hint of red on roma flesh.

I guess the summer garden isn't a bust after all. I can just hear Mark now: "Ye of little faith...."

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For what it might be worth: I find that new things like fences or human activity just entice the deer to come see what's going on. As one old garden broadcaster said, "Deer don't like to go where their dead friends were." His point was that deer don't like the smell of blood or flesh. His solution? Dried blood meal. I find this works too. I buy a bag of dried blood meal at the garden center, then put a small scoop of it into a cloth bag or the toe of an old sock. Then, I tie these around on my fruit trees - or maybe on the outside of your new fence - about 'nose high' to a deer. The sniff and back away quietly. If you have dogs, they will just think you've tied treat bags up for them.... And so it goes.
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