I had to go out of town for a couple days. While on the way back home Sat, I called the Mrs, and she said there was some minor damage/pilfering in the tomato patch (again). That's 4 out the last 5 of nights/early morn raids by deer, even after I added some more fishing line fencing to the perimeter. Since the lines seem to be intact, I can only assume that they're jumping into the pepper part of the patch (smaller plants, less weeds), and then proceeding with their crimes. I wouldn't think they'd jump something they couldn't see, but apparently not.
She told me yesterday on the phone that she didn't notice any real significant damage, but I was out there last night with a spotlight, after shooing off deer from the cuke plot and saw that there wasn't hardly any fruit left. I went back out this evening and saw nice big plants, but not many tom's. I can't say for sure, but there might a handful of plants that haven't been either chomped on and/or de-fruited.
Interestingly, the pepper plants look almost totally unscathed. They are getting really large and just loaded with peppers. I see cloven hoof prints around them, but I guess they have no appetite for them.
At this point, I'm past being f@%&ing furious about all this. Now, I'm just resigned at this point that we just won't be getting many tomatoes this year. Sure, almost all the plants have blooms on them, and could produce some more fruit, but we're almost to August, and there won't be time for the new tom's to mature. And, that's if we don't get any more raids. Over 40 plants, and basically nothing to show for it. So defeating.
As I said earlier, at least the beans are kicking into gear, we've picked probably 10# of cukes, and the corn is starting to tassel, at about 5ft tall.
It doesn't look like we'll have many potatoes either, the heavy rains after planting seemed to have done those in as well. Our sweet taters' leaves have been stripped clean, so none of those either.
Next year, nothing will be planted down behind the barn as there's no way to protect that area, and it's furthest from the house. We had corn and beans in the same plot last year, and the corn was broken and/or chomped by prob deer as well. We'll plant our tom's in the plot by the old house, and just have to come up with a better way to protect it.
To add insult to injury, the power steering pump pulley on my old F150 truck decided to fall off today after working on it, so that'll have to be fixed now! The hits just keep on coming..