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Tomato fruit eating critter


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Tomato fruit eating critter

Bottomless_Pit | Aug 31, 2010 01:15 PM

I noticed two days ago that one of my tomatoes was partly eaten. I set a haveaheart trap with the partly eaten tomato. The next day the trap was not set off, but the bait was eaten. Next, I set the trap with a milkbone and chicken bone. Today the trap was set off, and the bones moved to one side of the trap. I noticed today, all my tomato fruits were eaten, even the fairly high fruit. About 8 tomatoes were eaten in total. At the same time, the critter hasn't touched my yellow squash.

I feel conflicted, my first thought is to just give up, whatever is eating my tomatoes has more right to the land than I do. Growing food, even in a small garden inevitably conflicts with nature. To grow a garden is deny the animals. At the same time, whatever is eating my tomatoes much prefers tomato fruits to local weeds.

My dad said he smelled skunk last nite. Do skunks eat tomatoes? I've been putting lots of chicken bones and other compost into my compost pile. I think the compost pile may be drawing critters.

Part of me wants to cover the compost pile with lots of hay and grass clippings. Next, I want to cut down more trees and bushes to chase away the wild life. I'm still doing more for the environment than my neighbors who all have golf course mowed lawns.

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