Fine as Frog Hair


| 9/22/2014 12:35:00 PM


Tags: Gardening, Pests, Old Sayings, Allan Douglas,

Of Mice and Mountain MenHere in the South, we have a saying that can be used in response to the small-talk prompt of “How are you?” when you are feeling especially good (or don’t really want to engage in small talk); it goes, “Fine as frog’s hair.” It’s kind of cute and makes you think a little. Just how fine IS frog’s hair?

Frog Hair

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I was in the garden watering. When I got to the strawberry bed, there was considerable movement in the leaves in one corner. I was not surprised by that: I often flush a toad from these beds. They are welcomed visitors because they eat the bugs and slugs that crawl around in the boxes. Usually they are pretty small: the size of a golf ball, or so. This was a much bigger toad. I could see flashes of the brown color through the leaves.

Then those flashes started moving in different directions. Several, much bigger toads.

Then one of them hopped out of the box and into the path through the berry house. It was HAIRY! Several big, hairy toads! Nah … can’t BE! I looked again.

JoanPritchard
10/1/2014 6:43:11 PM

Allen - I used to think rabbits were a bad thing in the garden too, but we have had so many hawks in Kansas the last few years that they have wiped out every small animal that moves. quite honestly, we need a balance, and I wish I had a few of those bunnies and a few less hawks.


NebraskaDave
9/23/2014 7:44:14 AM

Allan, I am not bothered by rabbits in Terra Nova Gardens. I'm not sure why because it is surrounded on three sides by woods. However, deer, groundhogs, raccoons, and possum abound in them there woods. I really wanted to get my six foot wooden fence lined with chicken wire on the inside finished this year but it just wasn't to be. It's really difficult to dig post holes in sticky river bottom ground when it's wet. We had rain rain and more rain all summer long. I just couldn't get in there to erect but three eight foot panels. I have eight more to install before the garden will be totally enclosed. I'm hoping that will keep the garden secure and I won't have to go to a portable electric fence around the outside of the fence. Have a great fine as frog hair day.





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