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I missed the pomegranates.   For weeks I watched the fruit on the tree, watching it grow, seeing it ripen, and drooling over its promise.  I even picked one early, putting it in a brown paper bag with an apple in the hopes it would ripen.   But pomegranates only ripen on the tree.   So I sat and waited and watched.  This morning when I looked at the tree my heart sank.  The spots of red were gone.  The coatimundis were better watchers than I.   Overnight they took every pomegrante and left me with none. 

Something ate my squash.   I picked some rather large squash, a basket full and a blue Rubbermaid tub full of squash.   They exploded overnight in the garden to gigantic proportions and honestly I was unsure what to do with them they were so big.   I like my squash small and tender but they hide under the leaves and easily escape my sight.   By the time I saw these they were huge. 

I put the squash on the deck outside the front door.  I had been warned not to leave food outside but for some reason I didn’t think squash would attract critters.   I was wrong.   Big chunks were gone.   Or maybe they were little chunks that put together made it look like one big chunk.   Either way a lot of squash was eaten during the night.  And none of us knew a thing.   The dog didn’t bark, the cat didn’t meow and I never heard a thing.

I wish I knew how to do forensics, take a cast of the teeth marks and match them up.   Was it a squirrel?  A javelina?  Or maybe a skunk?   Perhaps a deer?   I found deer scat on the lane today.  I feel certain Cody the coatimundi went for the pomegranates but does he also have a taste for squash?   I’d like to know the size of the critter that was two feet from my front door.  Whatever it was it had to climb up onto the deck so I want to think it was something small and unterrifying.  The alternative makes me a tad uncomfortable.

It makes me wonder.  Are these critters planning an attack on the garden?  It is fully enclosed with chicken wire, a double layer sunk a good two feet into the ground and fully covered on top.  The lizards get in, but they are only after insects so that doesn’t bother me.  In fact I am happy to have them go after the bugs.  I like to watch the lizards zipping along the ground so lightening fast I can’t even see their feet.  They remind me of the hovercraft that Luke Sklywalker flew around in Star Wars, skimming inches above the ground faster than fast.  With an effortless leap the lizards go right through the holes in the chicken wire without a moment’s thought.   It shocks me!   If they miss the hole and hit the wire they would be guillotined in an instant!  How do they do it?   Their eyes are on the sides of their heads rather than straight on which I think would be a hindrance when it comes to zipping through chicken wire.  I would think their eyes would need to coordinate somehow to target the hole rather than operate independently each one looking out for the wire on its side.  Those lizards seem to fly right through that chickenwire and they do it every time without a scratch.

I’ve gone out to the garden in the middle of the night twice now both times when I woke in the middle of the night with the realization that I forgot to turn off the hose.   Each time I tried to convince my dog Oro to go out there in the dark with me.   She looked out the door, at the dark, then looked at me as if to say “you’re crazy if you think I’m going out there.”   Now I could have left the hose on but I knew the garden and the lane and who knows what else would be flooded by morning.  So I gather my courage and my flashlight and do the right thing.  Walking out in the dark in my oversize t-shirt and flip flops I expect to see critters hanging on the fence plotting ways to get in and devour my produce.  They’ve never been there although I imagine they aren’t far off plotting to ambush me from behind, blind me by pulling my t-shirt up over my head and gain access to the garden.   I imagine all I need to do is point my flashlight around the woods and I would see their eyes shine.   But I am more worried about snakes beneath my feet so I keep the light trained on the ground and start talking very loudly. 

“Critters!   Keep your distance!  Or I’ll throw a shoe at you!”

They knew I was kidding.   I am too worried about snakes to heave a flip flop and go barefoot.  I managed to successfully turn the hose off each time and make it back to the safety of my bed. 

And now this, a half eaten squash.   I took it and heaved it into the woods.   A peace offering of sorts that I hope will keep the critters happy for now.  I hope they don’t develop a taste for it though and decide to storm the fence.



  1. Comment by owner

    Posted on September 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks so much Kyane! Hope you are doing well these days.

  2. Comment by owner

    Posted on September 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks so much Kyane! Hope you are doing well these days.

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