Thank you to everyone on this board for the advice!
I would like to take the time to thank everyone who posts here. This is the first year I have had any success with tomatoes. Now I actually have ripe fruit on the plants and it's only early June! My green peppers have set fruit and the jalapeņo is showing promise. Lettuce and radishes are almost ready and the cucumbers, zucchini, pumpkins and summer squash all look good. The pumpkins are the only ones blooming but the others have blossoms that are not open yet. It is incredible. The shrew problem has subsided for now due in part to the enthusiastic efforts of my usually worthless house cats and the weather sure is cooperating. I have learned a lot from this forum and would like to thank everyone!