Tragedy has struck the garden. Raccoons have destroyed our entire corn harvest. Six rows of corn are gone.
G. O. N. E.
I went out on Tuesday to do general garden maintenance; water, pick what was ready, cut some flowers, etc. I wondered through the corn rows to see if any was ready yet. I found 2 dozen ears that had brown silks, so I pulled those off and brought them home.
On Thursday, Mickey went out to the garden and found that our corn had been destroyed by critters; most likely raccoons.
Gone? All of it? Come on…we had 6 rows growing. How could they destroy all of them?
I went back out there on Saturday to see what could be salvaged. I was thinking that there had to be some corn left on the stalks that could babied until it was ready to pick.
I was completely shocked at what I saw.
Stalks were broken over and the ears had been pulled off. There were cobs lying on the ground without any niblets left on them. The ears that weren’t pulled off the stalks were “opened” – the husks had been pulled down and the corn had been eaten right off the cob. There was nothing left. NOTHING!!!
Even worse? Our neighbor’s corn, which was bigger and stronger and much healthier-looking than ours, was left untouched!
Worse than that? It appears that our neighbors have abandoned their garden, so that corn might be wasted. If I knew for sure, I’d harvest it, but since I never see them, I can’t ask.
Have you ever encountered rogue, corn-hunting ‘coons? What did you do to protect your harvest?