As lots of mid-Peninsula residents know, we have the perfect climate for growing fruits and vegetables. But the bane of backyard farmers is the fact that birds and squirrels – not to mention night time raiding raccoons – know that, too. It sometimes appears the critters have armies of watchers, scouting just the moment a tomato becomes perfect for nibbling. One west Menlo gardener has devised a scheme to thwart the marauding creatures – a near invisible net covers the homeowner’s front yard fig tree. Now if it would only get warm enough for the figs to ripen.