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.