It's tomato season. Or at least it should be.
I've harvested a fair number of cherry tomatoes, and I've been keeping an eye on several full-sized fruits. Last week I harvested one of them, but over the past few days the still quite green tomatoes have been mysteriously disappearing from the vine.
The other day I saw a squirrel scampering off with a suspicious-looking green orb in it's mouth, so I think I know where they're going. Since the weather's been record setting here (yesterday it was 108º, and the 10th consecutive day with a high temperature over 100º). I almost felt sorry for the squirrel. Almost. Then I got angry.
I've tried quite a few homemade animal deterrents in the garden, with mixed success. Yesterday when I was out running errands there was a garden show on the radio. The host mentioned the smell of Irish Spring soap puts off a lot of animals. Hubby Tony uses generic Irish Spring. I came home, cut up a bar of soap, and threw it around the tomato and pepper plants. We got a nice rain last night and this morning when I checked some of the smaller slivers had melted, but there were still quite a few chunks laying on the ground.
I HOPE this works. It doesn't seem fair that I'm doing all the work and not reaping any of the benefits, does it?