Garden Chronicles: Chapter 6

Casualty, Men Down! I have been watching my two celebrities coming in for two months now. They have even been featured in two posts with their magnificent girth and beauty. Apparently I wasn’t the only one keeping an eye on their slow maturity. Four days ago they started to turn orange. No Bugs, No Worms, No cracks. Three days ago they started to get rosy cheeks as the orange began to slowly change to a red. Two days ago they began to turn almost all red, with another day left of maturity. I watered the plot with worm tea, brewed from worm castings, just to give the roots another boost of energy to focus pushing nutrients on to their fruit. Then yesterday we went to pull them and STOP.

What was the mysterious creature? Did it just happen into them at the perfect time? I doubt it. That means that this was premeditated. Which would most likely mean it will come back.

Was it skunk? I didn’t smell anything out of the ordinary.
Was it a Possum? Chickens didn’t make as sound
Was it a raccoon? Chickens didn’t make as sound
Was it gofer? No trace of gofer holes anywhere.
Was it a chupacabra? Hmmmmm

7 thoughts on “Garden Chronicles: Chapter 6

  1. Well at least your big tomatoes are growing, all we have so far are the cherry tomatoes. Oh and I wanted to ask if you had ever seen the movie The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. It’s about some parrots that became wild after people set them free in San Fran. I’d imagine San Francisco is pretty far from where you are, but maybe they are the same flock? Anyway, it’s a sweet movie. Oh, and I love your chickens. We just got some too. Only one is laying eggs so far though.
    Take care,

  2. Cassie – I never saw the Parrots of telegraph Hill – I will have to rent that one. What kind of chickens did you get?

  3. Milo,
    We have two. One is a leghorn, she’s the one laying, the other is a black Americana, at least that’s what the farmer told us. Apparently Americanas can lay brown blue or green eggs, so they have the nick name of the Easter Egg Layer but we have yet to see one of any color from her…

  4. The damage is from woodchucks, also called ground hogs. They love tomatoes. We lost some tomatoes to them recently and baited our trap for them with tomatoes and caught two in the last two days.

    Last year we caught 10 in our yard. We generally relocate them although this is illeagal. If you call your local government, their animal control person may come and pick them up, but will generally dispose of them.

    Some folks just live with them, but they can be very destructive and ruin your hard work and carefully kept garden very quickly.

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