Square Foot Gardening – Critter Edition

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 22, 2010

The Critters

Can you see the hole?  Below the marigolds, and under the shadow of the onions. That must be where my toad lives.

(If you haven’t read the frog toad adventures yet, here is part 1 and part 2.)

Either that or a chipmunk has to burrow.  If that is the case, I’ll be spreading Critter Ridder all over. And if that doesn’t work, I’m going for the big guns. Coyote Urine!

That should keep him out!

Some other critters I have found in the garden this past 2 weeks…

Perhaps feathers from a Canadian goose. They are EVERYWHERE these days and I have no doubt they are capable of trying to reach over my fence and nibble on something.

Perhaps the work of a little boy?!? Not sure if the basil (upper left) will make it. Time will tell.

And look who we have here.  Hello, Mr. Rabbit.

I dare you to try to get my lettuce. I double dog dare you!!!

(Sorry about the fuzziness. They were taken from inside the kitchen window. I’m off to get some Windex now.)

Sniff. Sniff.

Oh man. It’s so close I can almost taste it!

The Garden


I’m surprised that Steve hasn’t started pinching off leaves for his sandwiches. I bet he’ll read this and start next week!

The New Garden

There is just something basic and fundamental about tilling the earth, planting seeds and growing your own food. Something nostalgic.

So here is our new garden. Planted while drizzling. Because once I start something, I have to finish.

And the tomato plants in their new home. Now grow up big and strong, OK?!?

That’s it from me.

If you’d like to learn more about Square Foot Gardening, please check out the Square Foot Gardening books by Mel Bartholemew.

We love reading about what’s happening in your garden each week!!!

Whether it’s small harvest, or a large one, we wanna know! Feel free to link up your blog post below…or leave an update in the comments!!!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Candi May 22, 2010 at 7:25 am

You have a Peter Rabbit! Or I guess it could be Benjamin Bunny, although he was pretty careful to stay out of Mr. MacGregor’s garden…


Wendy May 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

In my weekly recap I posted about my bag garden, and how it is sprouting, yay! I also show my husband’s hop garden and some herbs I am growing in containers.


Vicki Nave May 22, 2010 at 8:20 am

I think we have toads too. We saw one when we were tilling and planting but I haven’t actually seen it since then but every time I go out to the garden I’m filling in a hole in the corner. Same spot every time.


Larissa May 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm

speaking as a canadian…those canadian geese are a true nuisance! hope it’s not them going for your garden…they make an awful mess!


Buddha Bear's Momma May 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

I know we have some toads that burrow. I am worried about the mole crickets though. Your lettuce looks delicious! I think bunny thinks so too =)


Jane @ The Borrowed Abode May 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I’m heading outside to assemble and plant my first square foot garden right now. I can’t wait!
And i love that shot you took of the tomato plant close-up.


Alea May 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

We struggle each year with rabbits. They even eat the things they are not supposed to like.


Kelly May 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm

We have rabbits here too, but they are much smaller. Your garden looks great!


Susie's Homemade May 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Everything looks great…except those darned critters!!


Rona May 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Your garden is really coming around. Your lettuce is looking great. I’m looking forward to starting a container garden at our new apartment.


Deborah Anderson May 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I wish I could have a beautiful garden like yours. I live in an apartment so I have a balcony garden. I do have 2 beautiful tomato plants & several herbs growing in pots . . . maybe next year I can expand what I grow . . .

Thanks for a great site!
Deborah aka BigMama


Beth May 23, 2010 at 5:33 am

The garden looks great. Ours is showing progress this week. We’ve had a decent amount of rain and I didn’t have to water. I have chicken wire around my garden to keep out rabbits. They destroyed all my garden 2 yrs. ago. Last year I found a box turtle had burrowed in and was “hiding’ in my green beans. Can’t wait for the next sfg update.


Mary May 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I’d love to garden but with water restrictions it would be virtually impossible. We are now only allowed to water between 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

I do plan on planting some pots of basil in self-watering containers as it’s too late for sugar snap peas. They would fry in the hot desert sun….if it ever warms up here. Normally we are in the 100s by now but it’s only 70 degrees outside.

Love the bunny and I do believe Beatrix Potter would love it!


Clara May 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm

I remember the year the birds ate more of our heirloom tomatoes than we did. Had to place an artificial owl in the middle of the garden since then to scare them off.


Virginia May 23, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Lovely! I have a squirrel and/or chipmunk munching on my Swiss chard! Grr!! Used some Animal Stopper, hope that works!

Fellow square footer as well!
Virginia at Living the Local Life


Irene D. May 24, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I can’t believe the rabbit is inside the fence. We’re having a problem with something eating our strawberries. Any suggestions?


Shelby Thomas March 2, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Heheh… loved how it’s titled “Little Critters” and includes the little boy. ;)

You have a lovely garden. Thanks for sharing!


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