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.

Friday, August 10, 2012

garden toad

toad 038 This toad is one of my best garden helpers (along with Skippy and my gnomes). The toad is at my community plot. I imagine he hopped into my garden when he was tiny. He is now way too big to get out through my chicken wire edges. I have seen him in the garden for 4 years now! He's (or she's?) probably about 5 inches long. A big one! He/she mostly hangs out under the potatoes or parsnips.

Any ideas for a name? (I've been calling him "Toad".)

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Blogger Gracie Ayers said...

I wonder if he/she has a companion...

August 10, 2012 7:50 PM

Blogger jengod said...

You have a TOAD?!! I am so jealous and you are soooo lucky. Congratulations and take good care of him, as I know you know. #bugs

August 11, 2012 3:13 AM

Blogger Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

I'm thinking Mr. Toad...:) I haven't seen a frog or a toad in years...not sure why but we don't have them around my house.

August 11, 2012 12:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How wide is this toad??

August 11, 2012 8:55 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish I had a toad, but I know I have some snakes. Not that they are eating enough of the slugs but I do believe they keep the mice away :]

August 11, 2012 9:58 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I suppose maybe the toad might not like "Mr Toad" if she is a Ms.

This toad, I would say is about the size of a baseball - about 3 in wide?, 4-5 in long? 2 in tall. I can't find a ruler now, and it would just be my memory anyway.

August 11, 2012 10:11 PM

Anonymous Matt said...

That is a very cute toad you have there. It looks so big and chubby. It's probably already made your place its home. But I was wondering. Do toads do anything to the garden? Like, can they cause any harm or whatnot? By the way, I think that Toad is an excellent name for your toad. I mean you've been calling it that for the past years so why not just let that name stick?

August 12, 2012 1:22 PM

Blogger rosiemomma said...

How marvelous! I love natural garden helpers. I don't have toads, but we have many lizards. I was so excited when one day I saw two lizards fighting over a tomato hornworm! Children are the best at naming things like that. Do you have any young ones you could ask for help?

August 12, 2012 7:34 PM

Anonymous Diane C said...

How about "Your Honor". S/he's sitting there solemn as a judge.

August 12, 2012 7:41 PM

Blogger Jeff said...

I propose you call him Oracle. Since most PL/QL developers use Toad to develop in Oracle.

August 13, 2012 9:04 AM

Anonymous zack said...

LOL Jeff, I think calling him Oracle would be great. Perhaps that could be his formal name and "Toad" can remain his nick-name.

August 13, 2012 1:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about "Belmont" after your garden/city? Sounds very regal. I found a toad in my garden this year (almost stepped on the poor guy)and it had been ages since I saw one, so I was quite happy.


August 13, 2012 2:19 PM

Anonymous James said...

What a nice and helpful little addition to your garden. I imagine he keeps some of the vegetable eating pests at bay.

August 14, 2012 5:35 AM

Blogger Karen Anne said...

I'm also wondering, the poor soul, no other toads in his world.

August 20, 2012 11:22 AM


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