This toad has joined the garden party. It’s nearly as big as my hand! It hangs out in one spot, and doesn’t really seem to have a burrow, although there must be one somewhere. The chickens leave it alone, and so do the dogs. I’ll just have to remember to warn it when I mow! The strawberry patch is flourishing and I can see fruits starting, so maybe I’ll move the toad into there and see if it sticks.
I’m a big fan of toads because they’re big fans of bugs. My garden needs all the help it can get. I’ll be planting this weekend: corn, beans, pumpkins, green peas, watermelon, some other melons, some kind of squash, or to, and possibly hard-shelled gourds to make rattles from. Also yacon, which is a dahlia relative with edible tubers that are similar to jicama. Oh, and foxgloves, California poppies, and at least two kinds of sunflowers, as well as columbines out front.
Later in spring I’ll put in tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, tender herbs, and whatever else takes my fancy between now and then. I have grand plans of buying Smartbags and using them to grow potatoes and yams so the voles won’t get them…we shall see.