Tomato Fortress in Pictures

Every year my in-laws grow tomatoes and every year they have to fight off moles and other critters trying to eat the tomato plants. The gate they usually used wasn’t very effective so this year my father-in-law (who just turned 72!) decided to build a fortress to keep the pesky critters out.

He built the frame, covered it with chicken wire and made an entrance so they can walk in and out of the fortress. As you can see from the following pictures, the tomato plants are so tiny compared to the huge fortress!





tomato fortress

Building the frame


tomato fortress 2

Side view of frame


Center frame

Center frame


other end of frame

Other end of frame


Grandpa working hard


Grandpa's Little Helper

Grandpa's little helper


applying chicken wire

applying chicken wire


Get me out of here!

Get me out of here!


All done

All done (side view)

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  1. wow, really cool! Hopefully it keeps those lil buggers out!


  2. SimpleCatholic says

    Let’s hope so! If this fortress doesn’t work, then nothing will!

  3. Now if only I could build a fortress to keep the aphids off….

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Oh, dealing with the bugs is a whole ‘nother issue, but thankfully he doesn’t have that problem that I know of.

  4. I love that it’s a family activity! 🙂

    Check out my bonding boys on my WW entry this week!

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Thanks. And, for the record, I did help a little when I wasn’t taking pictures! 🙂

  5. I should have done that with our pond. But now all of our fishes are gone.

  6. love to do this
    Jidhu Jose…recently posted…Day 226- Kerala – Gods Own CountryMy Profile

  7. I remember, once Daddy got the fence up, then the baby raccoons would get in! You brought back a lot of memories for me. Thank you for sharing this, it really made me smile 🙂
    Kwee Lewis…recently posted…Wordless Wednesday- All That Is LeftMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I’m so glad it made you smile and brought back pleasant memories. 🙂

      My fil said this morning that he saw a small bird fly through the chicken wire, so now he is wondering if all his hard work will actually do its job and keep the moles out. I guess we’ll see…

  8. If I had a yard, I would love to do something like that for my tomatoes. For now, a paint bucket will have to do.
    Head Ant…recently posted…Wordless Wednesday- RandomMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Hopefully with the paint bucket you don’t have to worry about critters trying to eat your plant!

  9. What a great idea! Before you know it you’ll be enjoying fresh tomatoes!
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      We saw a couple of tiny tomato buds already. There’s nothing like fresh, homemade tomatoes in the summertime. 🙂

  10. Its seems lot of bother but i think It’s worth it home grown tomatoes taste the best

    Have a great WW! and thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • SimpleCatholic says

      It does, doesn’t it? My father-in-law thrives on this sort of thing, though; and it was a great learning experience for my son. Of course, the home-grown tomatoes is a plus, too. 🙂

  11. i need something to keep the bugs off my garden. they’re eating my pumpkins and zucchini leaves to bits this year 🙁

  12. Hope he gets to eat his veggies-and share with you
    RAnn…recently posted…Sunday Snippets-A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

  13. Those tomato plants will soon catch up to the fortress!

    We haven’t had to deal with moles or anything else, but I think it’s because we have a dog. One of our previous dogs dug up a mole tunnel in our yard and got every single mole. We haven’t had them since.

    Now about aphids, stink bugs and other critters: I’m using Neem oil from the Neem tree in India. It is an organic product that messes with the brains of the bugs so they forget to eat and mate. In a few days they die. It works only on sucking and chewing insects. Last year it kept all the bad stuff at bay until I quit spraying. Then the stink bugs found the zucchini. Lesson learned.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I am going to tell my in-law’s about that Neem tree oil. They just saw stink bugs for the first time this year.

      Oh, maybe instead of building a fortress they should have gotten a dog! LOL! They won’t though because the love to travel and so they don’t want to worry about having the dog being cared for when they are gone.

  14. I…am…impressed. 🙂 Does he work for hire? 😉 (Oh wait, never mind, my convenant police would descend.)
    Kathleen@so much to say…recently posted…Weekend CarnivalsMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Ha! My father-in-law is supposed to be retired, but he’s busier now than when he was working!

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