Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Case of the Non-Growing Surprise Seeds
My oldest son's wife has a great mom. A woman who is most gracious, and always makes sure to come and see us if we're over visiting. Every once in awhile she also sends over a nice little gift to my youngest son.
At the beginning of the summer, we met up with her in DC while visiting, and she's a gardener at heart, so we told of our plans to start a garden this year. We did start our own garden, and we're really loving it!
A couple of weeks after our visit, a ziploc bag of seeds arrived in the mail (mystery seeds), from my son's mother-in-law. We were excited and instantly set out to plant them. It's been weeks now and literally, no results. Nothing! Nada! I knew something was amiss, but I didn't know what it was...until a few days ago. Looking out of the front window, my son got super excited about a squirrel in the planter. I looked out and yep, he's sitting in the middle of it, digging down in and eating to his heart's content.
To date, the squirrels (or chipmunks, we don't know which) have filled my A/C in the car with nuts (the mechanic informed us when we took it in for A/C repairs), invaded our attic (that was interesting), and made a nest in my car engine (thank you to the oil changing guy who got it out of there for me!), to name a few of their offenses. Now they're eating our surprise seeds... and pretty happy to be doing it too (I saw the big, fat, happy squirrel grin with my own two eyes).
I'm transferring the dirt in that spot today to a planter I'll bring in and out of the house for awhile, to try and see if we can salvage any of the surprise seeds, but I'll tell ya, there are sure times when I wish I spoke squirrel so I could tell those little buggers to stay in their acorn trees (we've got several of them, which is why I'm sure they love it here).
Anyone else have squirrels who raid their seeds?!?!?