Could a critter strip a fruit tree BARE???
Yes my garden woes are never ending.
I had this tree that I have been waiting for the fruits to ripen. I don't even remember what I planted..maybe a plum? I went out to check the fruits this morning and they were GONE. Every last one. There were at least 40. No fruit on the ground, and several of the branches were snapped off and damaged. My backyard is fenced with 5' round rail and chain link, and I've never seen anything larger than a squirrel in it.
Could it be raccoons?
This is a picture of my tree last week, before it was accosted.
I am especially down-hearted about this, because it's coming at the same time as my tomato issues (probable blight), and right after the total loss of ALL of my peaches.
I was waiting until today while the kids are in preschool to pick and freeze peaches. My tree was loaded with small but tasty fruits.
Every year, a nice lady calls me and asks if she can have some peaches and offers to pay (the peach is in my front yard right by the road). I always tell her, "Help yourself, they're free". Well, yesterday she picked EVERY.LAST.PEACH.
Sigh. I have no one to blame but myself, because I could have told her "Only take some", or whatever. Next year she's not getting any peaches.
Disappointed in people and four-legged critters and discouraged with growing things,