Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Someone's eating their veggies

I went out to pick the zucchini that I'd seen last night and found out that someone had beaten me to it.


Well, half of it, anyhow. I assume from the claw marks it was a squirrel.


Soon, however, I'm going to be eating my veggies. . . I think these tomatillos are ripe, even though they aren't bursting out of their wrappers. And that has got to be a Stupice, since it's not purple and the only other plants in this bed are Cherokee Purple. Yum.

13 comments:

Michelle said...

Dang those critters! I'm not going to jinx myself by saying that there's one small furry critter that hasn't dined in my garden yet...

Lovely tomato, stupid squirrel :)

Ellie Mae's Cottage said...

Wow I wonder what was eating the zucchini.... looks like it had big claws or teeth! We've had something munch on our zucchini leaves but they haven't touched the veggie itself - at least not yet. -Jackie

Dan said...

I hate when critters beat me to the veggies. I have been contemplating an electric fence. Although I can see it zapping me more then the critters!

el said...

I *hate* unintentionally sharing the harvest!

And I eat the tomatillos at any stage. My kid likes them when they're still quite green, I like them yellow like yours; it's all good!

But how can it be that my Michigan garden is beating yours as far as tomato harvesting goes????

Stefaneener said...

Michelle, at least the squirrels or raccoons didn't get the sunflower seeds or (so far) the corn. It could always be worse. . . it was a zucchini!

Jackie, the marks do look impressive, no? I still think it's a squirrel because of the clawy nature of them. Or maybe because I'm a wimp and don't want to think there's a Velociraptor eating my summer squash.

Dan, it's not that bad. I bet you have electric fence-worthy creatures, though.

el, I can't really complain! I've been getting some tomatoes for a while. These are the later-planted ones, but you're getting better ones because you probably have more heat and better soil.

Annie's Granny said...

Oh, man...the zucchinis are few and far between here, I'd be really upset if something ate them! It's bad enough that I have to share my lettuce with the neighborhood quail.

kitsapFG said...

That was some serious zucchini eating - too concentrated an eating effort for squirrel in my opinion - looks more like a raccoon to me.

My Stupice tomatoes are producing well now too. HURRAH!

esperanza said...

Okay. I am a little "shell shocked" from rodent activity in my garden these days but omg. The lustful pawing of the zucchini while it chowed down? At least the squirrel really enjoyed it.

patricia said...

Whenever I've planted Stupice, they've been the first to redden. I read recently that you pronounce the name stew-peach-ka, 'cause they're Czech.

Enjoy that stew-peach-ka!

Kristin said...

It could have been an opossum or a raccoon that ate that zucchini. Darn it! Gardening isn't easy is it?

Susan said...

Squirrels can be pretty persistent in my experience. We once had one tear our screen door and eat through a cardboard box to get at the homebaked cookies inside. I surprised it on my kitchen table with the evidence in its guilty little paws.

As for Stupice--it oughta be pronounced Stew-pizza. The c stands for ts in Czech. But that's just oughta...what people actually say in practice could vary considerably.

I did google and find a bunch of people advocating the stew-peach-ka pronunciation, but it is not phonetically consistent with Czech. You can't get a "ch" and a "k" out of c. If it had a caron (little v over it) it could be ch. But it seems that it does not and so the pronunciation should be stew-pizza--two good things to make with your beautiful tomatoes.

And yes, I am a complete slavic languages geek.

Stefaneener said...

Susan's comment was actually referred two twice today in actual conversation! Heeee.

I am leaning toward opossum, myself. Tonight I ate the two zucchini I harvested. Yum.

Thanks, all. I'm trying to keep up with your blogs. And trying to keep ahead of the &^%R%R^& powdery mildew. Ew.

Toni said...

Bad... bad... squirrel!