Monday, August 08, 2022

Skunks and Tomatoes

In the middle of the night last week I smelled a skunk in the yard. They often come around in the summertime and dig through our compost bin and yard. I didn't think anything of it until I went out the next morning to take a look at the garden. 

Wow! Something had been munching on our ripening tomatoes. Would a skunk do that? Well, I had to check the internet to find an answer. I was surprised. The answer was yes. Skunks will eat tomatoes. The next night, the skunk came back and munched on another almost ripe tomato. So, we harvested all the nearly ripe tomatoes and brought them in to ripen in the house.

There's the second skunk-damaged tomato just before we tossed it into the compost bin. We're hoping these almost-ripe tomatoes will taste as sweet as they usually do when they ripen on the vine. There are more out there that will need early harvesting soon. 

We won't let those little stinkers win! LOL! Have you ever had critters eat your tomatoes? We'd love to know.

In other garden news, we harvested the biggest potato we've ever grown.

That's our veggie harvest for one evening. Yum!

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  1. Robin we have naughty tiny Silver Eye birds that take one peck out of a tomato, then move onto the next. Ring Necked, 28s and Red Capped Parrots also get stuck into the tomatoes. Then there are the many skinks and lizards that help them themselves to the strawberries, and kangaroos nibbling on our lettuces. I just try to grow enough for everyone!

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    1. Dr Michelle-- Interesting all the critters that nibble on your plants there. We don't see very many lizards here and never a kangaroo! It could be birds though or maybe a raccoon.

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  2. My father always used to ripen off the tomatoes in the house - I just assumed that was the normal way to do things! We don't have skunks here but I know that some birds will feast on tomatoes.

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    1. John-- It didn't occur to me that it could be birds. Now I'm wondering which ones would like to nibble on tomatoes. We're hoping the indoor ripening will be just fine. Good to know your dad always did that.

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  3. We've had squirrels eat our tomatoes in this way. Libby would leave one of the bitten tomatoes in the garden in an obvious place. They seemed to go after that one in succeeding nights rather than new ones on the vines. Not sure if skunks are this dumb though.

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    1. Paul-- It hadn't occurred to me that it could be squirrels. Roger and I don't remember seeing any in our yard, but it's definitely a possibility.

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  4. Now that is what I call a spud and a really good harvest. Not had any thing go for out tomatoes but did hear a hedgehog grunting in the garden last night. Glad we don't get skunks

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    1. Billy-- Yes that really is quite a potato. We were very happy to see that. Well, we've never had a hedgehog in our yard. Makes me wonder if they're in our neck of the woods at all.

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  5. I'm jealous of all your beautiful, fresh veggies. Makes me hungry!

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    1. Colette-- Our favorite time of the year is when we can start harvesting food from the garden!

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  6. Wow! You really have a lot of yummy looking veggies there! Well done!

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    1. EllenD-- Roger does most of the work, I do most of the eating. LOL!

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  7. Good job on the vegetables! I didn't know a skunk would eat tomatoes, but it doesn't surprise me. Maybe you could leave a few ripe ones for the skunk. :)

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    1. Steve-- Interesting idea about leaving a few out for the skunk. A diversion from the ones we want to keep and eat ourselves.

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  8. Sorry to hear about Mr/Ms Skunk. Yes tomatoes that ripen inside are good too! Not sure what the taste test between right off the vine and that way would say though!

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    1. Barbara-- That's an interesting question. Maybe we'll run an experiment this year and compare the tastes of vine-ripened and indoor ripened.

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  9. Good idea to pick the tomatoes and let them ripen inside. They may lose a bit of flavor but not much. In Florida they use to eat my outdoor dog's kibble and left the garden alone.

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    1. Patti-- We may experiment and see which tastes better-- the vine ripened or the indoor ripened. It's a good year to test that. We've had other skunk experiences here. They nested under our tool shed last year.

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  10. I've only had my tomatoes attacked once and both times was when I had them here at the house. All the years I grew them over at the shop yard the only thing that attacked them was stink bugs. This year I only planted four in pots at the house and I came out one morning and every single tomato had been sampled. I'm thinking maybe the foxes I had seen earlier.

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    1. ellen-- It hadn't occurred to us at all that it could be fox. Interestingly, we saw a fox walking along the top of our fence a while back. Maybe they do stop by and sample our tomatoes.

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  11. Yum!!! Garden fresh vegetables are the best.

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    1. am-- Truly the best. We just had our first taste of tomato with lunch. SO SWEET DELICIOUS!!

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  12. That's a nice harvest, Robin, and hope the remaining tomatoes will not be a skunk's treat before they are yours.

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    1. Beatrice-- Yes! We'd like to have those tomato treats before those skunks get to them.

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