Monday, May 25, 2015

Pumpkins, Watermelons and Rattlesnakes

Gardeners have an issue with rotating crops.  The ERJ system is to lump vining crops (melons, pumpkins, squash, cucumbers) into one group, cabbage type crops into another group and nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, etc) in another  and so on.

This year the plot closest to the road is scheduled for pumpkins and watermelon.  Both of these crops are magnets for vandals.

One strategy for discouraging vandals is to grow heirloom varieties.

Specifically



One must grow this large fruited watermelon with the striking pattern on the rind.  It is obvious how it got its name, "Georgia Rattlesnake Melon".  Saving seeds is one way that gardeners can help conserve heirloom varieties.

Signage


The ability of this melon to repel vandals and thieves is greatly enhanced by posting ample amounts of the proper signage.


These are not bad kids.  One just needs to learn how to speak their language.

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    1. Do you know where I can get some? The only venomous snake in Michigan is the Massassauga Rattlesnake, a rather timid and slow moving species.

      There is no reason that the Timber Rattlesnake (Cortalus horridus) is not indigenous to Michigan. Its range comes within a hundred miles of our border and it thrives in the Mississippi basin of Wisconsin and Minnesota.....both much colder than Eaton Rapids.

      Just saying....

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