The last time I posted about my little urban garden I shared that there was not enough sunlight and only a few plants were thriving. The tomato plants were doing GREAT! We had two eggplants that were doing well and a pepper plant that is providing pepers. We were so excited for fresh tomatoes when we started seeing them bulb.
Then a funny thing started happening. The tomatoes never got “red”, every time I checked the tomato plant I would notice a few tomatoes that would be ready at any moment and the next day I couldn’t find the cluster. I thought maybe clusters were hiding or my eyes were playing tricks on me. The tomato plants had gotten a little bit ridiculous in their over-growth.
Then one evening Rico Suave went out to water the plants and asked if I snipped the cilantro. “Huh?, “ I asked him. “Snipped the cilantro?” I go outside to see what he’s talking about because just that morning our cilantro was growing very well and starting to mature into beautiful cilantro plants. SOMETHING ATE OUR CILANTRO! ALL OF IT, IT DIDN’T EVEN LEAVE AN INCH OF STALKS BEHIND!
this asshole apparently does not like hot peppers…
Every time a vegetable got just ripe enough, this little shit ate the vegetables.
At first, we thought it was a squirrel. We live next to a bustling park that is full of squirrels that know no fear. I would not be surprised if a squirrel was bouncing his fluffy ass over the fences and along myriad of city wires to steal our food.
One evening, just after night fall, we were relaxing in the master bedroom with the balcony doors wide open when we heard the distinctive “squeak, squeak, squeak” of a squirrel…or what we thought was a squirrel. Rico Suave and I look at each other and jump out of bed, he turns on the light to the back yard, and THERE IT WAS! EXCEPT IT WASN’T A SQUIRREL, IT WAS A RAT!
IT WAS THE BIGGEST FREAKING CITY RAT I’VE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE! I swear, when I first saw it, I thought it was a small ground hog – but NOPE. A BIG, FAT, NASTY RAT!
We’ve decided that we have to get a rodent trap and we’ve stopped watering the plants. Stupid city rat put a real damper on my dreams of a bountiful urban garden.