|My tomato plants, protected from whatever creature likes to eat them|
Now, I had been gardening for forty years and had never seen this happen, but I took him at his word. Last year I bought all my tomato plants, so they were larger and not so susceptible to being eating down to the stem.
This year I raised some plants from seed again and, totally forgetting about my problem year before last, set them out. Once again, I went out one morning to find most of them eaten down to the main stem. So I made a fort for each plant out of milk cartons and decided to see if they would grow new leaves.
My garden is nothing to brag about this year. Cliff's sister likes to put up pickled beets for a couple of relatives, and the two rows of beets I planted just for her are doing well. Other things, however, have refused to emerge at all. Given all the events of the past month, I really don't care much, but it puzzles me why some simple things like carrots refuse to germinate. I have been trying to use up old seed, so maybe that's the problem. At least the green beans came up, as you can see in the top picture, to the right of the tomato forts. Oh yes, and the potatoes are on the left. So maybe I'll have green beans and potatoes, if nothing else.