We finished moving half the bad dirt from the three planter boxes and then replacing it with good dirt. It turns out that we have some GIANT WORMS building little worm cities and having little worm babies all over the place in those boxes.
This. Is. Excellent! This guy was really about twice as long when he stretched out. Hopefully it’ll have some big worm babies who will go on to have more worm babies who will eventually turn that nasty clay soil into wonderful vegetable soil in a few generations. How long do worms live for, anyway?
I put in 12 Hood strawberry plants today too! I’ll put some pictures up next time something gardeny happens. Mom and I went to pick up a load of barkchips for the yard and wound up stopping in at Geren’s Farm Supply (different from Burn’s Feed FarmMart). We got the strawberries and two artichoke plants, I’ll let you know how those do in a few weeks. I’ve never done artichokes, but they sure look cool in the planters. Geren’s had a giant tom turkey, some goats, pigeons, fish, birds, bunnies, roosters, chicks and (ultimate of ultimates!) they had a Flemish Giant (I know Star, we should have gone there. But I honestly had no idea how cool it would be. Next time.). I just about passed out when I found him in his playpen in the middle of the store. That is a BIG bunny, 24.5 pounds! Sigh…. I want. I want so badly! I think Monty would never talk to me again if I brought home another bunny though. He’s funny like that.
You might be thinking “I want to get rid of all these pesky pests in my garden…. but how do I do it without chemicals?” Territorial Seeds has just the answer you’re looking for. I got my catalog in the mail today (I have a feeling I’m about to be flooded with mailers from them because I ordered ONCE. Waste of paper….) and at the back I found a whole section of accessories you can get including:
1. A Bat House. “A single bat can consume up to 1,000 mosquitoes per hour! Invite these benevolent creatures to your yard with this handcrafted house that will accommodate up to 100 bats.” Note: this thing doesn’t come with bats and there’s no guarantee that 100 little fellows are just going to move right in once you set it up. At least I’ll have a ten pound, hand crafted wood box hanging around the yard. $60.95
2. Predatory Nematodes. “Predatory nematodes attack soft-bodied, slow-moving insect pests. They do not affect earthworms or plants. They are the only biological control that works below the soil surface.” $26.95
3. Canned Bees. “Perfect for the beginning orchardist! This charming starter kit contains 20 bees in a 2 x 7 inch mini canister. Each mini canister is a complete and compact bee home that holds 19 nesting tubes.” While this isn’t really a pest control device, it is funny.
4. VermiPods. “Each VermiPodâ„¢ contains at least 1 earthworm egg coated with a layer of protective clay. Simply plant the VermiPodsâ„¢ as you would any seed, and let nature take over. The worms begin hatching in a few weeks and over time will reproduce and improve the soil.” SWEET. Worm eggs I can plant myself… and then accidentally crush them with my shovel when I spade up the ground. I can see it now, a little worm just hatched squirming around and then, out of nowhere, WHACK! Down comes my shovel and there’s much sadness all around. No thanks Territorial, I’ll stick with accidentally killing a couple hundred of my very own wild worms. I don’t need any more emotional attachments toÂ death-prone things than I already do.