One of the things I look forward to all summer long is having ripe, juicy tomatoes fresh from the garden. I was beginning to get a little anxious! This year, the tomatoes seemed to be taking their time.
But last week, we finally started getting some big, red tomatoes on the vines, as well as loads of plump cherry tomatoes. I have been eating sandwiches, BLTs, and just plain sliced tomatoes with a little salt and pepper like crazy!
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Squirrels LOVE my tomatoes! I have grown tomatoes for 30 plus years, and have been fighting over who gets to eat the tomatoes, me, or "the squirrels".
Now, I have tried just about every old-time remedy that I ever heard about. I have surrounded my plants with human hair clippings. I have tied aluminum pans to poles hoping the noise would keep those pesky squirrels away. I have tried hot pepper spray-those squirrels thought I made them salsa! I tried tying bars of soap around my plants. Well, I had clean plants, but it didn't deter the squirrels a bit.
According to scientists, tomatoes are fruits because they have seeds. But thanks to an 1893 U.S. Supreme Court decision, tomatoes are vegetables.
The Court ruled that it didn't matter what scientists said. People think of tomatoes as vegetables and eat them with the main part of dinner. Fruits are eaten as desserts. The Court said, since nobody has a tomato for dessert, it has to be a vegetable.