On Sunday I went out to gather some Basil leaves for a salad, and glanced at my tomatoes nearby. I was truly horrified at what I saw.
Something had beat me to my first tomato, and there was a huge bite gone out of it. I was so disappointed.
But what had done this terrible thing? Could it be the little squirrels or rabbits that play in my yard? Or maybe one of the pretty birds that nest in the backyard trees? I hadn't seen a thing, so I don't know who the guilty party could be, but I didn't want this to happen again.
If a bird was the tomato muncher, maybe a rubber snake will scare him away.
And maybe two rubber snakes will even be better.
If the tomato-eater happens to be a squirrel and or a rabbit, I have geared up for them by sprinkling red peppers around the area to keep them out. I've been told that this needs to be reapplied every few days to be effective.
I'm not sure if either of these methods will work since I don't really know what enemy I am fighting, but I'll try these and see what happens. If any of you gardeners have other ideas, send them my way, please, I can't let the phantom devour my tomatoes.