Two Maryland Food Gardeners have submitted photos of the “Tomato Socks” they created to protect their tomatoes.
First, Julie Wolf’s Tomato Socks…
On the cherry tomato plant, you can see one tomato cluster in a bag and another next to it which
had been covered with an old sock (which is what I tried first).
Both seem to work well to keep off bugs and squirrels, but it’s easy to knock off the
developing fruits while getting the sock over them, which is sad.
You can see how the bags look in the garden–a little silly, but anything to save the tomatoes!
In the pic, I have pepper and tomato fruits covered with bags or with the old socks I mentioned
(in the background are raspberries, loosely covered with row cover to keep the birds off–but
I found it too difficult to try to seal off entire plants from insects).
and secured after placing a drawstring. It takes me about 5 minutes to make one bag, which isn’t too bad considering that I am not an accomplished sewer.
I think they could also be glued together instead of sewed, but you would want to pick a glue that is waterproof and will work with the row cover composition (I am using Agribon + Ag-19 from Johnny’s,
which is made of “spun bonded polypropylene”).
To quickly cut out and sew these:
Note–the rowcover fabric is thin so it can get caught up in your sewing machine, be careful for that.
10. Also recommended–tie big knots in each end of the string so it can’t accidentally be pulled inside the fold.
Happy sewing or gluing and gardening!
Now, take a look at Wendy Feaga’s creation out of window screening…
A hearty THANK YOU to both Julie Wolf and Wendy Feaga for sharing their innovative ideas with GIEI and the Maryland Food Gardening Network!