Fall Critters in the Garden

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Bob Bauer
September 09, 2016 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 1 minutes

September 09, 2016

The blackbirds are back. They are most welcome in the spring when they chase away all the other birds that are eating everything that is tender. I've had to cover all of my plantings with bird netting until they arrive.

They build their nests only 2-3' off the ground and shoo away everything that comes near. It seems unsafe to build so close to the ground, but every year I find babies hopping around in the shade, so it might be that they are supposed to hop out before they can fly, and being close to the ground helps prevent injury.

September 10, 2016

The door in the garden trap was closed this morning. The cat food was gone and so was the critter. It had torn the wire off the frame and got out through a 3" hole. Such a small animal to be so strong.

I'll wire it shut and try again, although I better be careful because it's WAY tougher than me. It might ambush me and take my pistol away.

September 12, 2016

I saw a frog in the garden today with three hind legs. I couldn't help but think about all the Round Up we've sprayed around here. We used to buy it by the gallon, but as more information comes out about its possible negative side effects, we've become judicious in its use.

Using lots of organic matter in your garden soil can lead to a fungus based soil instead of a bacterial one. I wonder if the main ingredient in Round Up, gipsophilate, could be harmful to fungus? It might explain my spinach problem.

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