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Turtles and Tomatoes

Monday, July 01, 2013

Those of you who read my blogs know my passion for gardening. First thing every morning I go out to see how my roses and other flowers are doing, eat breakfast, then go out to the vegetable garden. We were getting frustrated because each day we were finding two or three of our nicest ripe tomatoes with big bites out of them, sometimes half gone.

I was suspecting the friendly bunny rabbit I would keep seeing around the garden. I knew he was great for trimming my petunias and impatiens back whenever they started blooming good@ Yesterday I happened to be in the garden at just the right time to catch the culprit in the act. It was a cute half grown turtle. He had his little head blissfully buried in a nice ripe tomato and didn't even get worried when he saw me. I would never have suspected that turtles like tomatoes. I suspect this is the same guy we rescued from our grandchildren a couple of weeks ago when they wanted to take him home (they live in a city).

My husband gathered him up and took him for a four wheeler ride down to the pond where I hope he'll stay and feast on blackberries which are plentiful down there. Today I'm glad to report I was able to pick a dozen ripe tomatoes with no teeth marks spoiling any of them. I was also able to pick another five quarts of green beans which I wasn't nearly as happy about as I spent the day yesterday canning the last batch of about 6 gallons. Gardening is definitely rewarding , sometimes can be funny, is often frustrating ,and is also a lot of work.

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    How cute! I used to have box turtles, they love tomatoes, lettuce and watermelon.

    1695 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/5/2013 7:25:43 AM
    Too funny: would never have suspected a turtle!! He's probably much happier in the pond!
    1695 days ago
    I LOVE gardening! I'm an "suburban" gardener...with lots of containers, and planters and "pretty" things b/c we live on a busy corner lot, so ppl see my garden all the time.

    A turtle culprit, that's pretty funny!

    1696 days ago
    Gardening is a lot of work and the harvest adds to the work. Love wild blackberries. DD1 cooked a blackberry cobbler along with blackberry jam that I ate with her 7-Up biscuits. My eating regimen has taken a 10 day vacation. I will return to practical eating after the grands are home and the reunion is complete.
    1698 days ago
    Thank heavens I use large pots for my tomatoes and they are on the deck about five feet above ground. Neither deer not turtles can reach them.

    Maybe you should have let the grandkids take the turtle with them. emoticon Just kidding. emoticon
    1699 days ago
    I had no idea that turtles would eat tomatoes!! So glad I only have to worry about rabbits and deer! emoticon Enjoy!!
    1699 days ago
    Turtles and Tomatoes....who cute though......


    Have a wonderful Monday....Happy July 1st...
    1699 days ago
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