A sad lesson in sharing.

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16 comments on “A sad lesson in sharing.

  1. Robbie says:

    oh my-not fun:-(

    • plumdirt says:

      Never fun. This is this garden’s first year and it’s no bumper crop. That may have been the only Zapotec for the year. Thankfully I have other Black Princes and paste varieties. I put out some water for the birds and that seems to have stemmed the carnage. Now to keep up with their water…

  2. That is sad – and a bit heart-breaking.

  3. I quit growing tomatoes because the birds and squirrels got them before I did. So frustrating…

  4. Shannon says:

    My yard is INFESTED with insects of all kinds — big caterpillars, tent caterpillars, leaf-footed bugs, beetles, fire ants. But even with a few mushy fruit specimens tossed to the compost, I still am still bringing in a full basket of tomatoes, cucumbers, and eggplant every-other day. It’s amazing. I really don’t mind sharing with the creepy guys.

    This year, I have lost count of the green anoles and snakes and frogs on the property, particularly in my smallish garden space. I think it’s they — and the birds! — who are keeping infestations from spinning way out of control.

    Have heart! You’ve only just begun the stewardship for your new property. Things will balance out in time and you will be back to prolific yields.

    PS – Don’t forget it’s the tomato hornworm that becomes one of the garden’s best pollinators: the sphinx moth. I let them defoliate the cooking ‘maters so that the cherry variety continue to crank out nuggets of sunshine through the hot summer months. Leaf-footed bugs don’t seem to ‘hang out’ in the cherries either. A two-fer!

    • plumdirt says:

      DH has a special hatred for those caterpillars. They nearly took out his baby pecan tree one year. I’ve yet to find an anole or frog here (the last house had them – and more!) We do have a ton of dragonflies and grasshoppers…and snails and pill bugs. And butterflies and blue jays.

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