Well, I spoke too soon. Maybe I jinxed it with all the excitement from our very first "harvest". We've been waiting TWO MONTHS for these tomatoes. TWO MONTHS!!! There were about a dozen green tomatoes on the vines. Abby would check on them everyday to see if they were red yet. She absolutely LOVES tomatoes (almost as much as strawberries, crazy, huh?) and couldn't wait to pick 'em all!
One tomato had actually started turning red. Then on Monday morning, my husband calls me after he's left for work and says, "Something took a bite out of the red tomato."
"Really? Darn!" I say, kind of annoyed. "Oh, well. At least we have a bunch more," I reassure myself, not really thinking about the potential threat to our precious tomatoes.
The next day, Pat comes in the door from work and says, "Did you guys pick the tomatoes?"
"Not yet. They're still green..."
"Aw, crap...they're all gone. I think the squirrels must have got to them."
"WHAT???" So I rush outside (Abby following behind) to find this...
No tomatoes anywhere. Even the green one that had fallen on the ground a few days before is gone.
"Oh my gosh! We've been robbed!" I say in a bit of shock. I know, it's a bit dramatic, but we've been waiting so long for these...
Poor little Abby is in tears. "My tomatoes!!! The squirrels got my tomatoes!"
"Aw, sweetie. I'm sorry. Those squirrels must have been hungry...More will grow..." I try to comfort my disappointed little girl, but there is no consoling her.
Trying to come up with a solution, I say, "Maybe they'll bring them back. They won't be able to eat all of those tomatoes."
She is still sniffling, but that thought seems to give her new found faith in those pesky squirrels.
Late that night, Daddy makes a quick trip to the grocery store for me.
The next day, when Daddy gets home from work, I slip outside for a sec and strategically place these...
Abby comes outside and gasps, starts jumping up and down, and yells out, "Mama! They brought them back! The squirrels brought them back!!!"
She was so ecstatic to have them back that she didn't even question the fact that they had grown to twice their size and turned red over night. Gotta love four-year-olds!
*****Calling all Gardeners - Any advice you have about how to keep the squirrels away, I am all ears!
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