Earlier this year marked five years since we moved into our family home, so my wife and I are celebrated by building a small garden in the backyard. I’ll be honest, when my wife first mentioned the idea to me, I couldn’t help but think of the many hours of maintenance a garden requires. It seemed like a lofty idea at first, but after we laid out what we were going to plant, everything else just sort of fell into place.

In the early spring, she penned a list of seeds for me to pick up at the local hardware store. The list included tomatoes, green beans, eggplant, cauliflower and, of course, watermelon. When I arrived at the store, I was greeted by dozens of colorful, bright garden accessories that would add some much-needed personality to our garden. I couldn’t help but pause to consider shelves stocked with jovial garden gnomes and smiling tree frogs.

When I turned the corner, I was eye-level with a giant, bug-eyed (no pun intended) black ant munching on a slice of watermelon ($34). I knew at that moment that I had to have it, whether my wife liked it or not (hopefully, she’s not reading this). I placed the ant in my cart, retrieved the seeds on my shopping list and rushed home to show her my awesome find.

At first, she gave me a look that said, “You’re kidding, right?” but after some persuading, we found the perfect spot for our friend — right by the watermelon patch! I like the ant so much, I’ve decided to give one away as our second National Watermelon Month prize. Leave a comment below for a chance to win your very own “ant eating watermelon” garden decoration!

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Remember, all comments left on the blog this month are entered to win our THREE weekly National Watermelon Month July prizes, so comment as often as you’d like! 


Don’t forget to enter our 2015 Watermelon Carving Contest! We still need plenty of entries in the “Beginner” category, so all you new carvers should definitely enter for a chance to win. The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM on August 3. There are $4,000 in prizes and the first 25 entrants will receive a Dexas watermelon cutting board. Check out the official contest web page for categories, judging criteria and how to enter!

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