Garden: How to stop cardinals from eating tomatoes. During a dry spell, squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs and birds will seek out water wherever it is available, including juicy tomatoes. During a dry spell, squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs and birds will seek out water wherever it is available, including juicy tomatoes
Are tomatoes OK for birds?
Because tomatoes are an acidic fruit, many veterinarians recommend not offering fresh tomatoes to birds, because they could potentially cause ulcers. Raw mushrooms have been known to cause digestive problems in parrots, and the stems and caps of certain mushrooms can potentially cause liver failure in birds.
Sometimes, knowing which animal to blame is a difficult task.
- Rabbits. Rabbits are neat eaters that nip off chunks of leaves without leaving jagged edges.
- Deer. If you don't see the deer feeding, you probably see their tracks around your tomato plants.
- Squirrels and Chipmunks.
Squirrels sometimes eat part of a tomato and leave the rest behind; other times, they eat the entire fruit. Other squirrel favorites include beans, squash, cucumbers, and eggplants. Missing plants. Occasionally squirrels will unearth young potted plants in their quest to bury nuts.
Although rats eat anything and do anything to survive, they target gardens because of their availability of fresh produce, such as tomatoes. You can keep rats off your tomato plants by making their environments uncomfortable and by exterminating them.
By growing flowering plants near your vegetable garden, you'll attract beneficial insects that kill tomato plant pests. These "good bugs" include parasitic wasps, which eat lay eggs in and kill tomato hornworms and leafminer larvae, as well as aphid-eating ladybugs and slug-eating large beetles.
Insects sometimes damage tomatoes, but the damage is usually superficial. Deer, birds, squirrels and raccoons all eat tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum), but they rarely eat an entire fruit.
Mix up 1 tablespoon of baking soda, ½ teaspoon mild detergent and 2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil in a gallon of water to make a repellent for all kinds of bugs as well as a fungicide for blight and mildew on the tomato plant leaves. Shake it well before spraying and repeat every week for it to be effective.
Although commercial insecticidal soap sprays are readily available, homemade sprays made from liquid dish soap are safe to use if they are prepared properly. A weak solution made of 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap mixed with 1 gallon of water is effective and won't harm most ornamental plants.
Fill one with undiluted white vinegar to kill weeds and grass poking out of the cracks in your concrete. Vinegar can also help kill ants. DO NOT spray vinegar directly on the plants, the high acidity could kill them. Try chopping up hot peppers and combine them with 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper and ½ gallon of water.
Fungicide. Tomatoes are prone to fungal diseases, especially during periods of wet spring weather. A combination of apple cider vinegar and water can prevent and treat leaf spots fungi, mildews and scab diseases. Put the solution into a spray bottle and spray your tomato plants every morning.
Give acid-loving plants like azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and gardenias a little help by watering them with a white distilled vinegar solution now and again. A cup of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of tap water is a good mixture.
Apple cider vinegar includes acetic acid, often at around a 5-percent concentration for home use. This makes it safe for human consumption, but it's not safe for plants. Vinegar with this concentration can kill plants when it's sprayed on the leaves, where insects like to dwell.
Although white vinegar can be used as an herbicide, apple cider vinegar with 5 percent acidity has quite the opposite use. Because apple cider vinegar is acidic, however, it is best to use it as a fertilizer for only acid-loving plants, such as blueberry bushes, gardenias and azaleas.
Acetic acid only contains carbon hydrogen and oxygen — stuff the plant can get from the air. Vinegar has been recommended for use to up the pH levels in your soil. Apparently not so. The affects are temporary and require large amounts of vinegar in the garden before anything noteworthy occurs.
You Can Still Use Vinegar. While you can't spray it directly on your houseplants, you can soak some towels in white vinegar and wrap them around your plants' containers to keep your kitty away from them.
Common sucking insects include aphids, squash bugs, and spider mites. Spray your plants diligently with insecticide, as sucking insects can breed so rapidly a single application often isn't enough. If your plant is strong enough, a good blast with a hose can work well to physically knock them away.
Baking soda on plants causes no apparent harm and may help prevent the bloom of fungal spores in some cases. It is most effective on fruits and vegetables off the vine or stem, but regular applications during the spring can minimize diseases such as powdery mildew and other foliar diseases.
The absorption of these nutrients encourages more rapid growth in the plant. Therefore, pouring soda on plants, such as Classic Coca Cola, is inadvisable. Coke has a jaw dropping 3.38 grams of sugar per ounce, which would certainly kill the plant as it would certainly be unable to absorb water or nutrients.
Mix 60 parts water with 40 parts milk or whey and spray onto the affected plants bi-weekly. Mix one oz powdered milk to 2 liters of water. Baking soda changes the pH of the fungus and kills it. Mix 1 tbs of baking soda and 1/2 tsp liquid hand soap with one gallon of water.