posted on Jul, 27 2020 @ 01:45 PM
ARGH, I'm getting so sick of losing tomatoes on the plants to whatever animal keeps EATING THEM. They seem to favor the grape tomatoes and the
beefsteak tomatoes over the Amish Pastes and Cherokee Purples, but god DAMMIT, stop eating my tomatoes!! We even loaded up the planter with the
leftover fish tank sand we were storing in a bucket (one of the cats got it open and used it like a litter box....not salvageable for tanks now) It
worked, for about a week. The wildlife is back to eating everything again.
Our regular compliment of non-flying wildlife we observe in the yard includes ground squirrels (NOT chipmunks, but they look a lot alike) regular tree
squirrels, cottontail rabbits, raccoons, possums, groundhogs, martens (a weasel, at night only) and recently, we've seen deer and a beaver foraging
through the back yard (as hubs once said, It's like "a great #ing wildlife safari around here!", all we're missing is the bears)
There's also field mice, but we seldom see them -- they get in the basement on top of the concrete wall blocks in the small gap between them & the
house and stay there overnight to stay warm, in the winter on the coldest days and afterward, they disappear til next winter)
I have no idea what animal is responsible here, but they strip what they can from the mid-section of the plants/closer to the bottom-most branches.
Once top-growing tomatoes get heavy enough to drop lower, they snag those when they're low enough, too. Furry bastards, hrmph.