I lost 3 more nearly ripe tomatoes last night

I just needed to cry on someone’s shoulder.

This picture is from a few days ago…another lovely heirloom beefsteak mostly eaten overnight. There was a huge beetle on it that I wanted to squish but he flew off before I could find my gloves.

IMG_2311Now, I’m fairly brave and have squished a few other things with my bare fingers, but this was just too big, and crunchy.

I was talking with another local suburban vegetable gardener yesterday, and she’d heard that all of the South Bay was having problems with rats, and the Norwegian rat is very difficult to get rid of.

I’m grateful they’re only outside, right?

But I’m still quite upset that they’re getting to my tomatoes before I can.

The whole point of having the tomato plants is so I can have a sun warmed vine ripened tomato salad with my dinner. So I really don’t want to have to pick the tomato before it’s fully ripe. Although I did with a yellow one that’s now ripe and I’ll have it tonight with lemon cucumbers.

My neighbor started putting out snap traps at the base of his tomato plants, and that’s tempting but I’m not really certain it will work since I have two tomato plants in one container, and I want to ensure that the swing arm really will work. But I could put them on the ground and hope that a cat or racoons won’t get close. Oh who am I kidding…I’d worry too much about the other animals.

Have you any suggestions, beloved readers? Or is this just one of those things I’ll have to deal with and hope next season will be better?



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