Thursday, June 5, 2008
TCSI: Tomato Crime Scene Investigation
Last week I pushed my luck. I saw some tomatoes that were close to being ripe, but I wanted to let them fully ripen on the vine. Why else do you grow your own tomatoes but to eat freshly picked, vine ripened lovelies?
Well, this is why else. Because some untoward characters will come along and eviscerate the fully ripe ones. Then you learn that homegrown tomatoes that begin the ripening outside and finish it safely inside on your counter are much more tasty than the fully ripe ones that are ripped open and eaten by ants.
These criminals aren't even nice enough to hide the evidence. They just maim the best ones, rendering them inedible and then take off.
They went after my first two Better Boys and my second Black Krim.
I tried to figure out a way to salvage the tomatoes but the damage was so extensive that I decided to just save them for their seeds.
I thought about rounding up the usual suspects and interrogating them with the bright sun shining in their eyes and asking them to 'fess up, but as I looked closely at the damaged goods, I saw that the culprit had left his calling card.
What, you don't see it? You think I am crazy? Maybe a closeup will help.
I know I can't be the only one that sees a squirrel on the side of that tomato.
And believe if he shows up again to eat any more of what is shaping up to be a meager harvest, I will do more than blog about him!