And Now It’s the Melons!

A lovely, not quite ripe Tuscany melon yesterday.
The same melon this morning!

Yes, the raccoons held another party in the potager last night, and after they’d eaten or damaged at least 21 tomatoes…there may have been more, since it’s hard to identify the “body parts” when they are strewn here and there…they had dessert!

You can understand my concern, because the potager has dozens of melons ripening, and many more setting on. There are Hannah’s Choice….

Over a dozen beautiful EarliDew!
Heirloom Green Nutmegs………..
Tasty Bites and the sweet, prolific Minnesota Midgets, of which we’ve enjoyed over a dozen, with several more to come…..IF we can keep the raccoons out!

We caught #12 and #13 last night, but I don’t think they even made it to the party! And it’s not only the loss of tomatoes, and now melons, and the damage to plants as they play tag throughout the beds, but the piles of poop they leave…..Sigh! I think I’m going to have to buy more traps!

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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11 Responses to And Now It’s the Melons!

  1. Oh, my gosh!!!!! (I’m sure you wanted to use stronger language.) I wonder why the sudden raccoon onslaught? I don’t recall reading about a similar problem last summer. Overpopulation, for some reason?

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  2. Carolyn Raines says:

    I have lived here 42 years’ have never been invaded like this year !! I have no help, about to give up. Good luck to you.

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  3. Jo Shafer says:

    Isn’t there a way to keep them out in the first place? Maybe a garden watch dog? πŸ˜‰

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    • carolee says:

      When we had a dog, I wouldn’t let it stay out at night because of the coyote packs. They just nearly killed a neighbor’s dog, but he heard them and was out with a gun fast enough to save his dog….four surgeries and a lost eye for his dog though…..However, apparently coyotes don’t like raccoons …or can’t catch them because the coons are such good climbers?

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  4. Oh no!! I really feel for you. There’s nothing more disappointing than nurturing something from seed to huge fruit… then having some beastie destroy it! They look utterly mouthwatering too! 😦

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  5. Such beautiful melons, what a disappointment to have them destroyed before you can enjoy them!
    I’ve hardly anything to show for my efforts except thousands of silver maples that sprouted on every square inch of exposed soil in my gardens.

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  6. Kit Miracle says:

    So sorry to hear of your continuing raccoon trouble. As I mentioned before, they ate all of our apples and most of my seckle pears. But….NO harm to the sweet corn this year. I’m convinced it’s the solar-powered motion detection lights we put on poles in the garden. We have seen the lights go on once in a while, but they must be enough to scare the critters away.

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  7. fgrtommo says:

    Sorry to hear about the racoons. Here in the UK, in my garden, the damage is more from badgers and deer (which we can’t catch) and, for the root crops, mice. Part of the answer seems to be to just grow a lot – they can’t get them all surely – but animal damage is soooo frustrating…. Good luck with the traps.

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