Square Foot Gardening, Earthworms & Other Wildlife

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood and there was activity in the woods. I was standing at the kitchen sink this morning and noticed a movement outside the window. Maybe 30 feet away, there was a deer munching away on the spring greenery. Not more than 10 feet from it was another one having breakfast, too. This is the first time I’ve seen them here. I’ve been sure they were around because there are all sorts paths in the woods but nothing until today.

I was afraid to go outside to get a better view since they are known to be skittish so I got my camera and held it up as high as I could while pointing it down at the ground. The pictures are taken through the window and I couldn’t “dodge” the budding branches between me and the deer. The second one was too well hidden for the camera to pick up.

The same deer, a different pose:

They are so beautiful! It’s so hard to understand why people kill them, much less eat them.

A few weeks ago, on my way to work, I saw two deer running away from the highway (I was thankful for that) over a field. The next time I stopped to get gas, I had the owner of the station check to see if my deer whistles were still in place and they are. Maybe that’s why they were running away.

And now to the gardening. I couldn’t let the sunshine go to waste so I got the onion sets I bought last Wednesday and planted them. I didn’t want to try to find my trowel, etc., etc., so I used a pick (the kind for curly hair) and a spoon to prepare the soil in my Square Foot box. I planted 44 sets in three of the squares. When I was digging, I discovered EARTHWORMS! Big fat ones and there are young ones, too.

I came in the house and found some basil seed and spinach. It’s still a little early to plant basil but I did it anyway. I did two squares of basil and three of spinach. My romaine plants went outside for a little hardening off, too, but I’ll wait until next week to plant them. I need to find a spot where I can leave them outside during the day when they’ll get some sun but not too much.

Ralphs are doing okay. I pulled the top bin out of the bottom one and there were, as usual, some of them down there in the “tea”. I poured them into the garden instead of back into the bin and they were gone in a flash except for one slower one. Maybe it was enjoying the sun like I was.

When all was said and done, I put on my skimpies and went out to lay in the sun. It was soooooooooo nice! I would have liked to stay longer but I didn’t want to get too much, either. All things in moderation, you know.

There are no pictures of the garden because they’d just be repeats of the early ones from last year. I’ll take some when things start growing. I’m still hoping for another box, maybe two, this summer. It’s still early for tomatoes and cucumbers so I have some time. I’m hoping for watermelons, too.

Big plans are afoot!

4 Responses to Square Foot Gardening, Earthworms & Other Wildlife

  1. Brenda April 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi Tommie,

    What’s a “deer whistle”?? We have deer in our yard all the time. Try are beautiful – so graceful — so elegant. Did you ever see them leap, jump?? They come to eat the compost.. Makes it hard to have my flower gardens but I still try… but I chose to build in the woods and am ever mindful that they were here 1st.

    Brenda

    Oh, and there have been some horrific auto accidents in my area cuz of them…

    • Tommie April 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

      They come in pairs and are mounted on your car. I got mine after Bambi collided with mine and cost something like $1200 to fix. Fortunately, I only had to pay $150 of that. The deer whistles are supposed to emit a high pitched sound the deer don’t like. There are mixed reviews but for as little as they cost, I’ll keep mine. The sound isn’t detectable by the human ear. If there’s a lot of traffic, the warning might be lost in the noise but around here, there isn’t that much.

      I’ve seen them leap and jump but not right behind my house!

  2. wendy April 14, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

    Cool pics! Like shadows in a forbidden forest!
    I didn’t know what a deer whistle is either.
    Sounds like a good idea. I’ve seen a deer stand up on its hind legs and munch on a cedar hedge. Didn’t think they’d have the balance for that.
    Hope your garden grows nicely.

    • Tommie April 14, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

      That’s quite poetic, Wendy. Thanks for the thoughts on my photo efforts!

      Deer are amazing creatures. They aren’t supposed to grace the wall above the mantle or help fill the freezer.

      Thanks for the hope. I feel the same way… 😉

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