Working again ~ even though it is just for two weeks ~ is really getting in the way of my gardening. I went out yesterday to find my pole beans and peas were actually growing up the poles! I also found the plants to be about 2 inches taller than last seen, and many, many, many more weeks too.
So I decided I better get the hoe out again. I moved the hose out of my way and remembered I needed to repair the two little holes I had found the last time I watered. So I fixed them. I went and turned on the water and heard it spouting all over and thought the tape had not worked. What I didn't know however, was that someone/thing/critter ate a hole in my hose! It left teeth marks and everything!
I love critters in my back yard but we need to figure out how to co-exist without one of them eating a hose and the others eating my strawberries. Yes, three strawberry plants are gone too. Not dead from lack of water and heat - completely GONE! And I planted marigolds all around them so the bunnies wouldn't dare tread on sacred strawberry ground.
I have heavy duty chimes out back too, hoping the deter some of the animals and birds. We think whatever animal it was, it was thirsty.
I decided to leave water out for them, hoping that whatever creature is thirsty will leave my hose alone.