We bought a large bag of Miracle Grow garden soil mix and a couple
bags to topsoil to mix for planting some trees. I dumped all together
in a garden cart this morning and started mixing some in some of the
native soil and found a 3-4 foot long bull snake looking back at me.
My wife called the HD where we bought them (soil and snake) and the
manager was very straight forward. He had been seeing quite a few
"critters" coming in on soil and mulch pallets during the past year or
so. These included snakes, scorpions and at least one tarantula.
This was his first report of a snake inside of a bag. He apologized
and said he would pass it on to the supplier. He also said he was
pretty sure the snake was in the Miracle Grow because the topsoil was
probably too packed and the garden soil contained some nutrients and
organic material that would sustain the snake.
Then I ran across this:
Yikes! Be careful out there!!!
No cash compensation? I'd contact Miracle Gro and tell them HD says they're
snake sellers. (-:
Even more amazing is the kid who set a fire in Wal-mart that cost $1M.
You'd think kids would know that Wal-mart has more cameras per square foot
than any other retailers. They make them pretty obvious. Now he has a $1M
judgment against him. I guess they've got to - in case he wins the lottery
or something. Wouldn't that be a bite - to win the lottery and then have to
turn it over to Wal-mart.
I microwave all potting soil because one year I ended up with a zillion
teensy flies in the house that hatched from eggs that were embedded in the
allegedly sterilized soil. Ten minutes in the microwave seems to solve
that problem. Probably would have solved the snake problem too but then I
only buy the very small bags. I've gotten so many potato-shaped rocks in 5
lb bags of potatoes I am beginning to suspect a conspiracy. (-:
Huh? He got a $50 snake for free. He OWES them money...
(Why don't I ever get free snakes when I go to home depot?)
Careful what you wish for. One of the funniest things I've ever seen was
the episode on Malcolm in the Middle where Hal brings home an old wardrobe
he finds in a dump to refinish. He opens it and asks "Why would anyone keep
all these black bow ties hanging up in this wardrobe" a few seconds before
the bats all wake up and fill his house.
That's a nasty one. I still have a couple bags of top soil I bought a year
ago at Ace Hwd. Any thing in there would be dead by now. ww
I think I would write a letter to MiracleGro describing the
incident, and suggest that, in the future, they put the dirt
in one bag and the snake in a different bag so the customer
could mix them according to his own preference.....
Andy in Eureka, Texas
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