Garden pets free to keep

chip_1924May 8, 2006

To be able to keep a pet horse would be an ideal animal for most serious gardeners, unfortunately most gardeners are, for one reason or another, unable to do so.

Many people never give a second thought to the world of one our most friendly animals, probaably because as pets we canÂt hug or pat them.

The lowly earthworm!

We can of course recognize their terrific value and nurture them. To a gardener, economically, they are infinitely more useful than the more stately pet horse.

Cultivate your worms and have a garden that will need no other fertilizers than natural compost.

The more worms you have the better the aeration and drainage.

So give them the treatment they deserve, treat them as pets and do not be squeamish about them and they will willingly be your servants in the garden.

Go into GOOGLE and type the two words worm cultivation or the two words growing worms. There you will be able to learn much about the little creatures. You can even encourage the children to grow them as pets for the garden because that is what they actually are.

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girlndocs(8 WA)

Spiders are fun, too. I used to catch fat craneflies in my mom's lawn to feed to the big orb weavers.

This year we have a cluster of tiny babies next to our garage door.


    Bookmark   May 8, 2006 at 3:08PM
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jannie(z7 LI NY)

My mother allows spiders to live in her bathroom. She insists they recognize her and never bother her in any way. My kids are scared of Grandma's house.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2006 at 8:01PM
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girlndocs(8 WA)

I leave the spiders in the house be, too, usually *shrug*


    Bookmark   May 30, 2006 at 4:28PM
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If you love earthworms, read Amy Stewarts book The Earth Moved. I just ordered a copy from Amazon,(which has used copies of just about everything for very little $.) It is really a fascinating look into the life and habits of earthworms. She has done a lot of research into this and has a nice style of writing.

I have started to be more aware of their existence now and actually think about watering areas to keep the worms happy.

They must be because I went out the other night with a flashlight to see if they were really there. Lo and behold! there were dozens of them all stretched out on a newly dug area of my front yard which is bare dirt at this point. I had sprinkled alfalfa meal on top along with a little bit of epsom salts. Pretty exciting. I also have a big bag of Starbucks coffee grounds which I sprinkled around which they love.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2006 at 1:07AM
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drasaid(zone 8)

putting a plate with water and dog kibble on it (not much...) is of endless entertainment to small kids. The snails (if put on the plate) will happily absorb the water and eat the dog kibble.
Geckos and toads are also fun, and it does not take much to make them happy. Just a little water.

    Bookmark   May 31, 2006 at 7:47PM
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