So we set our trap. Not a kill trap, but a cage trap for live animals. I had no plans to catch and release a rat, but it's all I had at the time, and I was in a panic to get rid of a rodent. We tried and failed to catch a groundhog in this cage years ago. I would've release Hermie the groundhog had I caught him, but alas, he was not meant to be caught.
So the next morning I discovered that we had caught a rat! Now what? My dad scolded me and said you should only set kill traps for rats. Releasing one was out of the question, although he was so CUTE, all 8 disgusting inches of him. Getting bitten by one was to be avoided, naturally. My sister is relentless about killing rodents, and she told me to smash it with a shovel or hammer, or stab it with a knife through the cage... these are all ways she's terminated rodents. Just this morning I received an email from her titled "Death by Flashlight" where she went into detail about the latest way she killed a tiny innocent mouse.
I didn't want to release and smash him or stab him through the cage. So I threw the cage in my rain barrel and drowned him. I'm not sure if that was a cowardly thing to do or not. All I know is that I cried and apologized to him the whole time. Yes, I know it's a rat...they are ichorrible killing it. My husband comforted me when I sent him to his liquid demise. I asked him why he didn't "man up" and do the deed for me. He replied, "Because you're the cold-blooded one." How nice.
But now that I got rid of one, I'm ready to move on to more. So yes, I guess I am cold blooded. I saw a FAMILY of rats running around the garden this morning. I yanked up all the green beans since they were rotting, either because of all the rain we've had or because of rats digging around the roots. Now I need to permanently evict them because I think there's time to plant a second batch of beans.
As cute as the rat was, I opted to not take a photo of him in the cage. I guess that was because I knew what I was about to do to him and would feel guilty about it. But maybe if I catch the rest of the family, I'll be cold blooded enough to take a few snapshots. We'll see.
|Black Krim Tomato plants are loaded, but they are starting to yellow some.|
I've been saving eggshells to add around the plants for a while.
|Kale has been pecked by birds or bugs.|
|Beans were rotting, maybe from too much rain, or maybe because of the rats.|
I've planted spinach in my garden many times and it's always been a failure. Most of the time it didn't germinate. The one time it did germinate, it only grew an inch or so before it died. I usually plant morning glory vine in my trellis pot, but I read that it was dangerous for dogs. So since we got a new pup, that was out of the question. I saw a pack of Climbing Spinach which is ornamental AND edible. So I thought I would give it a go. And it's growing pretty darn well right now. We've eaten it raw a few times, but the leaves are a bit thick. Steaming and sauteing them seems to work much better.
|Climbing Spinach... it's a little tougher to eat raw, but still tastes good.|
|I found many half eaten green beans.|
|Yanked all the beans... there are a lot of tunnels & holes. |
Now I have a poison trap and a cage.