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Cathie Rowand The Journal Gazette
Half-eaten tomatoes were gnawed by some critter during the night.

Critters make themselves at home in my garden.

I'm starting to get beautiful big juicy tomatoes in my garden but a critter is plucking the green ones, eating half and then tossing the rest. I suspect raccoons.

I really don't know how to prevent this. Fencing wouldn't stop them. I planted 23 tomato plants so I am still getting tomatoes, but I only planted four plants of the Summer tomato variety that they seem to prefer.

At night I have to bring in my bird feeder at night. Otherwise I will find it disassembled and tossed somewhere.

The squirrels are also digging in the garden. I thought that they only dug up the yard in the fall when they buried their nuts. With the hot dry weather this summer the yard is too hard. They prefer looking for nuts in the soft dirt of the flowerpots and garden.

I'm surprised that they still bother to look for nuts because they eat all of the sunflower seeds that I put out for the birds. They are also eating the grape jelly for the orioles.

One time I walked up to a squirrel eating jam thinking I would scare it off. The squirrel grabbed the dish of jam and ran off to its nest. Later in the day I found the dish at the bottom of the tree. After that, the squirrel just started taking the dish of jam to itsnest. I now have to duct tape the dish to the feeder.

Journey through gardening season with Rosa Salter Rodriguez (feature writer), Anne Gregory (Web editor and writer), Frank Noonan (copy editor) and Cathie Rowand (photographer)