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May 18, 2011 in Farm Life | Tags: butters, catnip, Spokane
That is, if you are a cat in the catnip patch. He’s lying ACROSS the bush!
Miles Away Farm Blog © 2011, where rather than lazing in the catnip with a good buzz on, I’m out in the garden installing irrigation line.
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June 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm
OH such pretty pictures! Thanks for sharing all the glorious closeups of things you find around your farm. (Any toads?)
I wanted to suggest something about the gopher if you haven’t yet eradicated it- take a lawn chair out and sit next to the area it is frequenting. They come out around dusk and have a sniff around. If you can catch it (throw a piece of material over it or net if you have one), you can keep it for a while in a fishtank 3/4 full of dirt and watch it dig tunnels! They are very entertaining!
We had a baby one who would come up and say ‘hi’ just like a hamster would. We didn’t handle it, but they seem friendly enough. (Our cat got it because we didn’t cover it with a piece of screen. So I’m not sure how long you could keep one with garden scraps, maybe it would eat pulled weeds too.
Anyway, it’s one way to keep it from the garden that doesn’t include poison or blood… also, keep in mind, if you go the route of poison- dogs can dig it up! My german shepherd died of high fever and seizures just 2 hours after ingesting just 2 pieces of gopher poison (2 little oats). That’s all it takes.
Good luck with whatever you do. I really enjoy living the farm life vicariously through your blog.
June 19, 2011 at 9:08 am
Thanks for the nice words and feedback. No toads unfortunately. We had tons when we were in Colorado, and I find that I miss them. I would never use poison on the gophers. Not only dogs, but cats and raptors can injest dead gophers that have been poisoned and be killed. Not to mention that would be a bad idea in an organic garden. I’ll keep an eye out for them at dusk. We have plenty of places to watch, in the garden and out!
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