This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

garden wildlife

garden downy close squirrel
Here's who's in my garden these days. Lots of birds - mostly sparrows, cardinals, chickadees and titmice. I was surprised to spot a downy woodpecker on my big old pumpkin vine. These guys are great helpers with the insect control.

The problem critter is that cute squirrel. He's increased his digging now that its fall. He rearranges my lettuce seedlings and digs up the larger seeds and bulbs. Sometimes I cover newly planted areas (especially crocus bulbs) with chicken wire to keep him away.




Blogger Sue Swift said...

How did you get him to stay still. I made some rather pathetic attempts at squirrel photography a while back, and ended up with a collection of photos of a disappearing tail ....

October 06, 2007 9:36 AM

Blogger carletongardener said...

It was a lucky shot. I usually photograph birds and squirrels around my house from inside through an open window or door, so they don't see me. For this one, I was inside my kitchen door, with the door open a crack and watching him eat grapes 30 feet from me. When I made a noise, he stared at me a second and then ran. I had the camera mode on action and the shot came out mostly in focus. The birds I photographed from an open window.

October 07, 2007 12:36 AM


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