Posted by: Diane | August 16, 2009

The Great Watermelon Massacre of 2009

Our watermelon patch has done pretty well this year.  Last week we found a melon the size of a small pig hiding beneath the vines.  It took our family of six two days to eat it, and it was red, juicy and sweet.

Watermelon in our fridge

Watermelon in our fridge

Yesterday, we put a few big ones on a trailer up by the road with a sign that Madlen made saying “WATERMELON $3.00.”  I don’t know what watermelons are selling for in your area, but around here, even the small ones are going for $6.00 each.  We sold them all.

The night before last, something came into our yard, grabbed our last egg laying chicken and tried to escape with it.  Max the dog got the “thing” cornered at the gate and managed to retrieve the carcass, which he gave a decent burial in between the rows of black beans.  Micah found it the next morning when he spotted the chicken feet sticking out of the dirt.  We spent the afternoon finishing the fence that goes around our garden, hoping to provide a second barrier against chicken theives and to keep the chickens out of the garden.

This morning we awoke to a slaughter of another type.  Something came in under our perimeter fencing and went through our watermelon patch.  Over a dozen watermelons were split open and gutted, some of them right down to the white rind.  Unfortunately, the new fence also served to keep Max from patrolling and defending the garden area.  Our first suspect was deer, as we had heard that they will kick the watermelon to break them open and eat the sweet flesh.  There were three clues left, however, that pointed to another culprit.

One was the fact that whatever came in didn’t go over the fence, but under it.  Second was a very large cloven hoofprint that looked like it might have belonged to Satan himself, and third was that the chicken had been exhumed from its shallow grave and carried off.  This led us to believe that wild hogs had gotten our watermelons (and the chicken carcass).

There are a few small watermelons left and we’re hoping that the vines aren’t too torn up to support them so they can finish growing.  That is, if the hogs don’t come back to finish what they left.

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