Square Foot Gardening – More Frog Drama

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 8, 2010

Well, looky what we have here!

It’s a frog. Or it’s a toad!

(I really don’t know the difference.  Because I’m afraid that if I Google it, then a frog will jump through the computer and into my hair.)

Way beyond irrational. I know!

But look!

I’ve grown up ALOT in the past 2 weeks. Since the last “incident!

With the help of my neighbor and a really long BBQ/Grill spatula, we managed to get the frog/toad into a bug catcher. Please note that I was handling the spatula and was on the other side of where he may have jumped. (My neighbor. She’s so brave.)

And look how close I got. Because I was safe.  And there was no chance that thing could escape and jump into my hair!

And I didn’t even have to call Animal Control!!!

OK. I promise to stop talking about the frog now.

On to the plants shall we…

It would seem like the mint and the…

cilantro are plotting complete world garden domination.

The oregano has taken a liking to the “Lasagna Pot.” Or the pot that will contain all the herbs I want to use in my lasagna…basil, oregano, thyme and chives. The chives just sprouted this past week.

The Bibb lettuce seems to have adjusted well to its new home, as it is sporting a few new sets of leaves!

The green and red pepper plants are about twice as tall as when I planted them!

And finally for today, the little radish sprouts!

(And just because y’all said that the frog/toad will eat up any unwanted bugs, I’m going to leave him in the garden. At my own risk!)

We just LOVE hearing 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!!!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Teresa May 8, 2010 at 7:24 am

I cannot get over how well established your garden is already. What zone are you in?


Andrea May 8, 2010 at 7:26 am

Your plants look enormous compared to ours! They look wonderful. By the way, according to my husband… that’s a toad.


Dee May 8, 2010 at 7:37 am

It’s a toad!And I am jealous… I so want a toad or a few toads in my garden. I’d prefer chickens, but due to association bylaws I cannot have fowl running around in my back yard. Sigh… so I’ve decided I want toads instead. They are excellent bug catches and I assure you, they do not jump like your “sucky frogs” (tree frogs) do. Hehe… Toads stay very close to the ground.


Katie May 8, 2010 at 7:42 am

Your garden is looking great! Ours is coming together great! Dee I feel you on wanting chickens we aren’t allowed to because they are apparently very dangerous animals, up there with mountain lions. LOL


Candi May 8, 2010 at 7:59 am

We had a little froggy visit us this week too. The kids were so excited. Thankfully I’m not as fearful of them as you, and I picked it up so they could see it. (I had gloves on though…still worried about warts, you know!)


Stacie May 8, 2010 at 9:16 am

We love toads and frogs in our garden! Send them to me!

Your garden looks fabulous, great job!


Kelli May 8, 2010 at 9:37 am

Brava on conquering your toad!


Lori (The Book Lady) May 8, 2010 at 11:16 am

Your little toad is so cute (from over here, anyway ;) We have a few in our garden as well, but thankfully, my son’s love them, so I never have to touch them.


Amy Howson May 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

After a very cold and wet month the kids and I are braving the chilliness to plant out our lettuce and two raspberry plants, today. Hopefully, they’ll live, the plants AND the kids that is. :)


Kristie May 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I want chickens! My hubby keeps telling me NO! So I would gladly take your toad! My DH was trying to catch us one yesterday but he got away up Nana’s drain pipe, bummer!


Kimberly W. May 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Your toad is so cute! He’ll be handy to have around. I wish I had a toad in my garden.

I just wanted to pass on a quick thanks to you for bringing square foot gardening to my attention. I am having a blast with my first ever vegetable garden.


Alea May 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Great job adapting to life with a toad. Everything is growing well. It won’t be long before you’ll get to start harvesting!


marla May 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Glad to hear you kept the toad…Toads can eat thousands of insects from your vegetable garden or flower bed. The majority of the nasty pest insects that people use chemical insecticide sprays to get rid of are insects that are eaten by toads. A toad or two in your garden is a blessing!


Jean May 8, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I ditto the other comments: toad = good. (Frogs are smoother & like near water)


jan May 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I agree, as a ‘country girl’ who’s been around both. Mr Toad, it is. Unless you’re near water, it’s not likely to be a frog. Toads are brownish-tan and bumpty. They eat bugs. Think of it as your own little lumpy garden gnome. He WILL protect your crops. Isn’t there a Beatrix Potter book about Mr Toad? Reading it might help you feel better about him. (I have no idea of how to check the gender and won’t try) Have fun!


Becky L. May 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I think the frog is cute, coming from a former country girl. Just remember these aren’t poisionous frogs here in the states, so you can chill a bit and you are doing good! The weather is finally warming up here in Oregon and will get my garden in next weekend. The weather seems to be getting warmer now, finally!


katy May 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Thanks so much! I LOVE Square Foot Gardening!


Susie's Homemade May 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Everything looks sooooo good!!


Lois May 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

We haven’t gone square foot yet, but have expanded our container garden from just herbs last year to herbs and veggies this year. Thanks for the inspiration!

Here’s a look at this year’s effort so far: http://alexanderdiamond.blogspot.com/2010/05/this-years-garden.html.


Mommy Daisy May 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Was just going to say, “It’s a toad.” I see others have beat me to it. :D Lovely garden!


Lynsey James March May 8, 2010 at 9:28 pm

The frog is so cute! Yes he will eat up your bugs and you will be glad he is here!


LuAnn May 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Love the weekly gardening report idea. I think y’all will keep me on my toes!


Glenda Dickey May 8, 2010 at 11:44 pm

My little blog as a wife of a cowboy……and lots of other things too!!


Terri May 9, 2010 at 5:03 am

Well… speaking, it is true that all toads are frogs, but not all frogs are toads (I did some research for you) so techinically, he is both a frog and a toad, but my guess he would be more correctly called a toad. Should quote this website, but for got where I found it alread:

(by the way, I think your frog drama is amusing!)

Toads are different from frogs in six main ways:

1.Squat bodies with short hind legs — Toads are heavy, clumsy and cannot really jump the way frogs do, so they hop or walk, which can be fatal when they cross roads and highways at night.
2.Dry, bumpy skin — Toads do not have warts or cause warts, their skin is only described as “warty.” The skin of the American toad (Bufo americanus) is usually a mixture of brown, gray, olive and red coloring with yellowish bumps and brown or black spots, which provides camouflage from enemies. Some toads have skin that is very leathery and dry. This does not mean they don’t need water. Toads (and frogs) absorb through their skin the water necessary for hydration. They may sit in shallow pools and rub water over their back and head using their legs. During droughts they may retreat underground and lie dormant until it rains.
3.Glands that secrete toxins — Toads have large, kidney-shaped parotid glands behind their eyes which secrete a poison that deters enemies, and can harm dogs who go after them. Toxins absorbed into the throat will affect its respiratory system and heart rate. If eaten, toxins entering the bloodstream could be strong enough to cause death. Frogs produce poisons, too, but they are milder. One exception is the dart-poison frog of South America, which can be dangerous simply to hold in one’s hand. The variety of anesthetics, chemicals and hallucinogens found in toad venom have been used for hundreds of years by healers who found value in treating ailments with powdered toad, toad grease or tincture. People have also smoked dried venom or consumed it for hallucinogenic experiences.
4.Tiny teeth on the lower jaw — Toads only have teeth on their lower jaw, whereas most frogs have them on the upper and lower jaw, or roof of the mouth. In these amphibians, the teeth help subdue prey that is swallowed live and whole, and are not for chewing.
5.Structure of chest cartilage — There are variations in the cartilage found in toad bodies versus frog bodies, which isn’t apparent to casual observers.
6.Laying of eggs — Female toads lay eggs in long strings of jelly, which may have four to twelve thousand eggs. These tubes may be up to 70 feet long. Frogs, however, lay eggs in clusters

Read more at Suite101: Is a Toad a Frog?: The Differences Between These Two Types of Amphibians http://reptilesamphibians.suite101.com/article.cfm/is_a_toad_a_frog#ixzz0nQPo6aO9


Ann May 9, 2010 at 8:03 am

Nice garden and frog. I added a few more container plants. I started zucunni from seed and orgegano and cilantro. I moved green peppers to a bigger pots and the basil,sage and thyme. Today I have to stake the tomato plants.
happy gardening


Vera May 9, 2010 at 11:46 am

Your herbs are looking good, but if it were me I would definitely plant the Thyme somewhere else other than with your basil and chives. Thyme doesn’t like the same amount of water or wet feet for that matter and will likely barely survive if it survives at all; they rot with too much moisture. Thyme prefers growing conditions similar to Lavender…. hot and dry soil that drains really well; the less you coddle to them the better they are…. the plants will live a good many years this way :)
Love reading your blog


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom May 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm


Thanks for the info Vera! I will keep a close eye on it and move it if necessary!


Stephanie May 9, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Reading about your herb pots convinced my husband and I to try our own pot garden. We have very little yard, but a big patio. We have our oregano, rosemary & basil (my 13 yr old is addicted to basil, so this will save us money in the long run!), along w/ a pepper plant, tomato plant and a citronella plant to battle against the mosquitoes.

Thanks for the inspiration!!


Jan May 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Yes, oregano and mint are trying for world domination, and I think it would happen if they both weren’t trying to do it at the same time. I have a patch of mint that started as one plant and is now about 3 feet wide and 12 feet long. I actually pull the stuff up to keep it in check. My oregano is the same way. I believe that oregano is actually a member of the mint family. And on top of that, I’ve got catnip growing too – definitely a member of the mint family, but my cat keep it down by literally wallowing in it. I’m doing a combination of container and in-ground gardening. Tomatoes, pepper, eggplant and squash in containers to get around the “black spot” disease that is in the soil (squash borers too!). Beans and strawberries in the ground.


The Prudent Homemaker May 10, 2010 at 7:03 am

We’ve been harvesting lettuce, spinach, and asparagus. Our first artichokes of the season should be ready this week. I also pulled up baby carrots and full-sized parsnips this week to make tomato-basil soup. Our sugar-snap peas are almmost done for the year.


The Raven May 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Your garden looks fabulous! Most of our plants are just getting started, but our radishes and greens are taking off. I linked above to my garden menu for the week.


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