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Toad in the hole! July 10, 2011

Posted by ourfriendben in critters, gardening.
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Our friend Ben and Silence Dogood were out doing some last-minute planting last night. I’d just finished watering in the new plants in one of our raised veggie beds, and Silence was putting the last few plants in another, when I picked up a now-empty 6-inch round coir (coconut fiber) pot to put in our compost heap. To my astonishment, a small toad was lurking under the pot!

Seizing the opportunity (and the toad), our friend Ben placed the toad on the moist soil of the veggie bed and put the pot back upside-down on top of it, creating an instant low-rent toad house. I sprinkled some water on the pot to moisten the coir and add more cooling dampness for the toad within.

Now there was just one problem: No door in the toad house. Our friend Ben assumes that the toad could have pushed up the side of the coir pot to get out, or burrowed out through the soft soil of the bed, but I wanted to make sure. So I took one of the small rectangular transplant pots I’d just emptied and propped one side of the coir pot up on it, with the opening of the transplant pot facing inward so the toad could have an antechamber if desired.

“Do you think the toad will really stay there?” Silence asked.

Well, who knows. And unfortunately, I don’t want to risk driving it off by lifting up the pot to check up on it. But at least I know it chose the pot itself, so maybe it likes it. And wouldn’t it be great to have an ally helping out with the organic pest patrol? Fingers crossed that the little fellow sticks around.

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