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Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: June 23, 2006 09:03PM
After waiting weeks, yesterday two of my cherry tomatoes just began to blush. I was thinking that I might be able to have them this weekend in a salad or something. Today I went out to water and the two ripish tomatoes had been picked. Dang! I am going to have plenty of tomatoes and I don't mind sharing but I think the first should go to the gardener.
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: June 23, 2006 09:56PM
What a crappy world we live in sometimes . . . You could always choose to think the person was starving and really needed to eat. That is a possibility, but probably just a crappy thief . . . but, again, maybe not . . .

grinning smiley



Bill
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

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Fermentation may have been a greater discovery than fire.
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: dmann
Date: June 23, 2006 10:12PM
Perhaps the thief was of the 4 legged or winged variety?? That bright red spot in a sea of green is just TOO hard to resist! smiling smiley

DM
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: outcast
Date: June 23, 2006 10:22PM
What variety of cherry tomato are you growing?

outcast
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: June 23, 2006 10:32PM
Sweet 100. Really wonderful plant. I don't believe that the thief was of the four-legged or winged variety because just those two tomatoes were cleanly cut and they were in the center of the plant, not really visible unless you are standing over it but not flying over it. There were men doing utility work on my street and one of them stashed his lunch in the barrel. When I went out to water he rushed over to retrieve it. I wondered why he didn't simply put the lunch in the truck, and then I saw that the tomatoes were gone.

The plant already has more than 100 fruit set, but most of them are tiny and I have been waiting for those first guys to ripen for three weeks. I am seriously considering loading the barrel on a hand truck and moving it to the backyard, even though it doesn't get the hot afternoon sun.
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: kap
Date: June 23, 2006 11:14PM
Sorry to hear about the thievery. On the other hand, you have helped decreasing the national obesity pandemic ;)

My in the pot tomato plant has been producing about 6 small ones and one big one. They are still green tho'. Like my neighbor up the street corner I am thinking of purchasing an upside down plant so I can hang it in my front porch. Perhaps that is something you want to consider?

Kap



SoCal for now.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/23/2006 11:16PM by kap.
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: h'
Date: June 24, 2006 12:02AM
Had a neighbor kid a while back who could not be broken from picking tomatoes when they just started to ripen and putting them in her refrigerator for me "to keep them from going bad".
At least it sounds like yours got snacked upon.



I suffer from the same sensitivity that you do. A few nuggets of wisdom were shared with me and I'm "trying" to incorporate them into my life. First, remember that nobody can hurt your feelings unless you let them. You can always reject what is being forced on you emotionally.
Second, nothing changes unless you change it. If you don't want the behavior to be repeated then you need to take action. Otherwise the kid has learned that his behavior is the way to get things done, because everyone lets him get away with it.
In the meantime I sympathize because I've been there.
-beerman
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: Silencio
Date: June 24, 2006 01:57AM
h': ROFL at your .sig image!
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: spearmint
Date: June 24, 2006 03:20AM
Put Moose, Izzie and Fred on patrol.




Da Good Life
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: Pam
Date: June 24, 2006 09:16AM
I have a muskrat who apparently likes tomatoes at the same level of ripeness that I do. It took me a long while to figure out the culprit. In your case it sucks that an adult would do this. I don't know why anyone would think flowers, fruit, or veggies in someone's yard is free for the taking.
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: h'
Date: June 24, 2006 09:31AM
Quote
Silencio
h': ROFL at your .sig image!
Stolen from the best of 'em.
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Re: Doggone tomato thief!
Posted by: Baby Tats
Date: June 24, 2006 09:49PM
I am growing a Sweet 100 here as well. I probably have around 150 greenies and it is still blooming well. The thing is absolutely huge and is ready for it's second summer dose of miracle grow. It took over an area that I had three tomato plants in. It has crawled over a wall and is growing out into the sidewalk. I was surprised at the long internodal length, compared to the patio type cherry tomatoes that I have grown in the past. All of my tomato thefts in the past have been due to squirrels- they are amazing at picking the ripe ones. I have started planting jalapenos near my tomatoes and letting the peppers ripen to red. Once a squirrel gets a hold of a ripe jalapeno, the tomatoes stop disappearing.

BT
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