I talked to my relative that grows tomatoes on a large scale. He said his would be finished in less than a week and advised me to strip my vines as there was little chance of the green tomatoes ripening. I told him about the tree rats. Well I thought I might have a little more time until two of the dang tree rats were having a party this morning in the one tomato bed :( One actually sat in a nearby tree and watched me pick the tomatoes! That determined their fate right there. I left no food source for them other than some hot peppers and I really hope they munch on those <evil grin>.
Here's pics of the damage. They seem to go for the nicest tomatoes too :( http://tinypic.com/e66fyp.jpg
Then I found this little critter http://tinypic.com/e66jhf.jpg
My large basket is about 18" diameter and 6" deep. I picked 3 of these baskets full as well as 2 of the 3 L baskets shown beside the large basket. The large tomatoes are beefsteaks and I was sure ticked to see the tree rats had got to a couple of those too. I have them ripening on 4 lg. shelves in the greenhouse. Any ideas for using up some of the green ones now?