How do you keep raccoons out of a tomato garden?
There are three obvious ways to address the raccoons: 1. You can shoot them 2. You can trap them, either with traps that kill them or live traps that would allow you to relocat them
3. You can fence the garden (regular, barbedwire or electric).
Obviously which path you choose depends on where you live, where your garden is in relation to electricity and other homes, your abilities and preferences, etc. One note I would add is that, if you ever choose to trap them for relocation or try to put in an electric fence, be careful and do your homework (e.g., check with Department of Natural Resources).
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Fences, repellents, and sprinklers are ways to keep raccoons out of a garden. Chicken wire fences drop the mammal in question (Procyon lotor) back down whereas electric fencing provides no welcome to foragers. Repellents include plants -- such as cucumbers and peppers -- which raccoons dislike while sprinklers timed to foraging times discourage foragers who dislike doing their hunting all wet.
All parts of the tomato plant are toxic except for the fruit. Anything you put on the fruit to deter raccoons from eating it will also make it inedible for humans. You might try removing the ripening fruit and letting it mature inside, out of the reach of raccoons. Yes, it does lose some of its flavor but, at least, you are getting some benefit from it. Some people trap the animals and take them…
Tomato is an annual, meaning it will not last after more than one season. Once it has flowered and produced its fruit, it has no more usefulness, so can be composted. Next spring, either plant tomato seeds in seeding pots before transplanting, or purchase tomato plants from your local garden centre, or if you have success before, plant seeds directly in the garden, depending on your location.