Garden Problems with Wildlife
Time went on and I didn’t see any signs of the furball intruder. See Garden Visitor to see the first part of this story. I heard from a neighbor that he had a groundhog visitor that he was trying to trap without success so I figured that my furball intruder had moved on to his yard!
Fence Around Beans Worked Well
My fence around the pole beans worked even though it was temporary and not that strong. He didn’t dig under it or move it out of the way. The pole beans were growing nicely up the twine. It seems that he just liked the delectable new growth because he never touched my first planting of pole beans which were already 5 feet high.
Waiting for that First Ripe Tomato
Then one morning–my shocking discoveries are always early in the morning–I checked on my first ripening tomato. It always takes a while to get that first ripe tomato, it seems like it takes forever. Then after the first tomato of the season they seem to ripen faster. I know that is not true, it just seems like that.
So I had been watching this gorgeous big tomato turning red waiting with mouth-watering anticipation for it to be ready. Any day now I would decide that it was ready and pluck it from the plant.
My First Ripe Tomato Was Almost Fully Eaten
Well I was in for a shocking surprise! It was almost fully eaten–only a shell of it remained–in the shape of the gnawing teeth that had eaten it. That darned groundhog (if that is what it is) had helped himself to my first tomato of the season. I was outraged! And not only that–he took a nice bite out of the green tomato right next to it.
Now I was on the warpath but I didn’t really know what to do. Maybe some kind of trap??