I spent a lot of time this past spring shoveling out the old clay dirt that was in my garden and replacing it with the mix that is recommended in the book, Square Foot Gardening.
It was hard work and there was an initial expense, but I knew I wouldn’t have to deal with the weeds anymore and I knew my plants would love it.
I picked my first red tomato recently and I could immediately see the fruits of my labor.
Until I turned that beautiful tomato around and saw this…
I almost cried. It was as if a human took a big fat bite out of the tomato as if it were an apple. But that was no human…it was some sort of critter, but I have a 2-foot tall fence around my box, for crying out loud.
You might not know this, but I live in bunnyville. My yard and garden is their 24 hour buffet. But this isn’t the backwoods and these bunnies aren’t Thumper. No, I live in the burbs and these bunnies are practically domesticated animals. They flurry around the neighborhood in their little bunny community as if they own the place!
Upon showing my tomato to my fellow gardening neighbor, she told me that she was having the same problem. She found 5 tomatoes eaten the same way. She has not seen tomatoes eaten this way before. Her husband spent the day putting a fence around their tomatoes, but I have a fence.
I am treating this as an act of war.
My neighbors weren’t so sure this was the work of a bunny. Could it be a chipmunk, a groundhog or dare I say it, a skunk? It must be an awfully nimble groundhog or skunk to slink through the slight opening where the wires come together around my box. I re-secured the fence immediately.
So, I’m calling all gardeners for advice. What’s Eating Our Tomatoes? Is this the work of a bunny, chipmunk, groundhog, or skunk? Any ideas? Please, for the sake of my sanity and the many tomatoes just waiting to turn red, please give me your advice! Thank You!