Thursday, June 24, 2010

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ...

I took a brief turn about the back gardens today and discovered, much to my dismay, that a half-dozen or more of the 'Carmello' tomatoes had been gnawed on by one critter or another (squirrels? mockingbirds? unspeakable creatures of the night?). So I picked those that were starting turn red and placed them on a small table on the patio to continue ripening in the sun. I thought they would be safe from harm there. I was wrong.

I don't like the looks of those that I've ripened on the kitchen windowsill and it seems to affect the texture so I wanted to ripen them outside in the sun as much as possible. Here's the solution I came up with to protect them ... we'll see how well it works. Now that I look at it, a squirrel could easily dismantle that and a mockingbird's beak is probably long enough to reach through the mesh. Still, it's the best I can do right now.

3 comments:

meemsnyc said...

Oh no! Something has been eating the tomatos! Oh no! That is terrible!

Carol said...

Indeed, dirty rotten scoundrels. Add "despicable" to that description. I hope your solution works!

Jean said...

Ugh, I know exactly how you feel. I hope that works. I had the same thing happen to my last two Better Boys. I'm pretty sure it was a bird. Ah well. I can hardly get out in that heat anymore so the heck with them. I pulled up that plant and my Caro Rich plant. Here's hoping my Sun Gold makes it til fall.