Late yesterday afternoon, I was out checking the garden & flowers before
a storm came. Had boo-coodles of peppers, picked 2 to go along with
supper, and came in. All we had was a lightening storm by the way, once
again, no rain. This morning I go out, cut some collards, pick some
crook-neck squash, cucumbers, and dig a few pototoes. Go around to pick
my peppers, and guess what?? None, no peppers to be seen at all.
What else do I find? 3 toad homes. Now last year, one night I caught a
frog eating my peppers. Guess it came back this year and brought some
friends for a "pepper" party. Oh well, so much for hot pepper with my
not laying on the ground. The plants are short and the peppers are
hanging down towards the ground. They eat the ends off, like deer and
rabbits. I'm not talking tree frogs, it's toads and bull frogs. They
are big enough to reach plants you know
Sounds like it's time to surround the plants with something uncomfortable,
like a thin piece of wood with the business ends of some staples facing
straight up. I don't mind sharing some of the crop, but when the wild
kingdom gets out of hand, drastic measures are called for. Now, time to go
see if the squirrels have had enough strawberries. They're caged, but I
leave about 10% of the patch uncovered, just to keep the lawn rats from
ha-ha, alright, i get it, you don't believe me........why don't you just
say so? I'll see about getting pics of the frogs and pepper plants
after supper.........although, I did kill one frog........cooking a side
of frog legs with supper.
I believe you! I'm just saying that we each have our limits as to how much
we're prepared share. If they were my plants, I'd stake them if that would
keep the peppers high enough so the little bastards couldn't reach them. Or,
use the aforementioned wood/staple mine field. I have toads in my garden,
but I haven't attributed any damage to them, yet. When I find a toad
campsite, I stick a plastic plant marker next to it so I don't massacre the
creature later. I figure it probably helps me control slugs and bugs.
You really should -- it might make you famous since no frog or toad I've
heard of or seen documented is a herbivore (or frugivore, since a pepper
really is fruit) after the tadpole stage. Oh. And make sure that the
peppers in question haven't been damaged by some other likely creature
like a rabbit and then gave refuge to some insects that would attract
the frog. Send your pictures to experts at several universities and you
may make it into at least a scholarly paper.
yeah....well.....what else would you call it? lol. in a lot of ways,
it kinda made me look like an idiot, don't you think? I can assure
everyone that this kind of thing won't happen anymore, though. What it
boiled down to, once I found out what had taken place, was this:
student in the local early college program took a computer course,
something to do with networking security. They were actually taught
*hacking*, and as a weekend assignment, they had to successfully hack
into the computer of someone they knew. They were to discover the
traits of the person, and then send an email or post in that person's
name, while portraying that person. It turns out, they were suppose to
let the person know that they were doing that, and get permission.
Unfortunately for me, I was the recipient, but didn't know til it was
over with. I then *punished* a boy that had been on my computer all day
while I worked in the yard, only to find out that he had nothing to do
with it to begin with, and i also apologized to him.
And thus was another *day of my life*
At least with regard to speech that they hear, they begin learning about 24
hours after they're born. You can wreck them pretty early in life. Then you
end up with....
- She lives acrost the street.
-Alls I want is some ice cream.
-The debate's been drug out for way too long.
- Is our children learning?
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