From the garden of Beth DiGioia, Resident Gardener

If you set out tomato transplants in mid-July, you’ll soon begin to see some fruit set on the plants. As the fruit begins to mature and turn that lovely shade of red we love, the squirrels and birds will begin to take notice too and you will find fruit that has been nibbled on – or gone entirely. Take action now to foil these critters by hanging red plastic Holiday ornaments on the tomato cage (high and low). The first couple of times they peck or nibble the ornament they will realize that it’s not edible.  By the time the real fruit begins to ripen, they’ll have given up and will leave it alone.

Red Christmas ornaments on Amazon.

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