This post by Jennifer Flaten
It’s tomato season. This year I planted a lovely exotic black beauty tomato plant. The fruit starts out a deep black and as it ripens, it turns a lovely shade of dark red or so the little picture on the plants tag led me to believe.
I wouldn’t know for sure because right after the plant fruited, and yes, the little tiny tomatoes were a lovely shade of deep purple/black, the tomatoes started disappearing one by one.
The same thing occurred on my cherry tomato plant. At first, it was loaded with lovely miniature tomatoes. Then every day there would be one less tomato. Some little creature was making off with my tomatoes.
Entirely my fault, I planted the tomatoes in containers but failed to secure a fence around them. Although, with how wily the critters in my neighborhood appear to be, I don’t a moat would have stopped them from eating my tomatoes.
This reminds me of a wonderful book I used to read the kids at story time Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming. The book shows how a farmer tries to prevent bunnies from eating his garden by building more and more elaborate fences. Still the bunnies get in and muncha! Muncha! I so identify with the farmer.
Luckily, we have a lovely fruit stand at the end of our block so I can have fresh tomatoes for my salsa.