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Old 08-13-2012, 11:43 AM
 
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So my wife this morning complained to me, that apparently we have a pumpkin thief in my neighborhood We are growing pumpkins in our small garden behind our townhome in Kingstowne, and we haven't picked the pumpkins yet because they haven't turned orange. This morning when she went to check on them, she noticed that a couple went missing! And you can still see the vine where the pumpkins were originally.

Who would steal homegrown produce in your own backyard? (and they weren't even ready to be picked). My wife was not happy... and you know what they say about an unhappy wife
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:43 PM
 
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Might not be a human culprit. Raccoons will do this sort of thing. Rats too. Once they've learned about your garden they will keep returning until they strip it bare. Liberal amounts of red pepper are supposed to discourage them but you have to reapply it after wind and rain.
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Old 08-13-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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Interesting! I did a search on Google and apparently raccoons do indeed steal pumpkins... I thought pumpkins are too heavy for them... Maybe not?
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:47 PM
 
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Critters were my first thought, too. I recently purchased flowers from Costco, planted them in my garden and, viola, the following day, ALL 12 flowers were eaten. Must have had some very happy deer. They have since come back and eaten the stems all the way to the ground.
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Old 08-13-2012, 02:52 PM
 
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Squirrels around here love to eat the phlox:

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I'm guessing an animal, too. I mean, how desperate would a person have to be to steal unripe pumpkins in August?
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:01 AM
 
Location: WASHINGTON, D.C.
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Lol
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:28 AM
 
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how desperate would a person have to be to steal unripe pumpkins in August?
You obviously have never thrown a pumpkin...wheeeeee!
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:57 AM
 
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Kingstowne has lots of racoons. They knock over all the trash cans. One of my neighbors has a stop motion camera to catch deer and it is mostly racoons. And once a huge beaver...but then later saw one of those by the road
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Raccoons, and also deer eat pumpkins. After halloween we throw our pumpkins in the woods and we've seen deer smash them with their hooves and then carry off big chunks.
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