Where I bury naughty children?

@TheHorse (73573)
Walnut Creek, California
January 14, 2016 9:40pm CST
No, these are just five patches of dirt that I dug up and overturned over the past couple of days for our garden. My timing was actually perfect. It rained after I did the first two, and it rained again today (heavily) after I did the last three. I noticed that even with the recent rains, the dirt below four inches or so was relatively dry. Now, there will be moist soil below, and moist soil near the top. Our plan is to plant our corn, green beans, sunflowers and squash early, so they'll be coming up before the Summer dry season takes over. If the surrounding area is still lush and green, perhaps the ground squirrels will leave our garden alone. We'll outsmart those littlle blighters yet!
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@Plethos (11627)
• United States
15 Jan 16
i would make headstones for them and list the planted seed as the deceased. Here lies, Carol Carrot, planted on 1/15/2016
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
Oh, how can you be so morbid? I would never think such a thing! Heh.
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@vandana7 (68542)
• India
15 Jan 16
May god rest in peas?
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@Plethos (11627)
• United States
15 Jan 16
@TheHorse - you know its funny
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Jan 16
Those look like the beginning of graves. LOL Nice to have a good rain after you plant.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
We haven't planted yet. But I think we will soon.
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@celticeagle (120480)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Jan 16
@TheHorse ....Should have a good crop.
• United States
15 Jan 16
Are you sure it's for your garden? Did you bury treasure! Can't wait to see the progress of your garden!
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
I'm sure the ground squirrels are thinking the same thing. But thanks.
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@HazySue (23779)
• United States
23 Mar 16
@TheHorse I like your plan. It sounds like the things I like to plant.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Mar 16
Alas, that garden is off to a slow start, in spite of the rains.
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@HazySue (23779)
• United States
23 Mar 16
@TheHorse I love the title. It made me think that I could use a spot like that.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Mar 16
@HazySue Bring your naughty children by. Just make sure they're not embalmed. I'd really like some healthy sunflowers and corn this year.
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@pgiblett (6576)
• Canada
23 Mar 16
You must be a grandparent because that is what my grandfather used to say - "don't play where I buried the little children." I knew he was keeping us away from the bulbs, but he loved to joke.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Mar 16
I'm not a grandparent. But I can be a bit morbid at times. This is a "joke" I don't share with the kids I work with. I don't want to scare them.
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@pgiblett (6576)
• Canada
24 Mar 16
@TheHorse Well you scared me. Good luck with the planting and hope all is well this summer.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Mar 16
@pgiblett Thanks. I've planted a few corn and sunflowers. Some seeds and some starts from my balcony. We'll see what happens. Last Summer, everything, even the cacti, turned into ground squirrel food.
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@allknowing (70786)
• India
15 Jan 16
I am sure you will reap what you have sown. Just waiting to see pictures of your crops all ready and waiting to be harvested
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
Thanks! I'm always hoping for the best. But those ground squirrels are clever little blighters.
@allknowing (70786)
• India
16 Jan 16
@TheHorse You can divert their attention by growing a nut tree somewhere. They will be busy there.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Jan 16
@allknowing By the time the nut tree is big, I'll be fertilizer.
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@PainsOnSlate (20662)
• Canada
15 Jan 16
LOL. Nice title, good attention getter. your garden looks good. We tried patches like that but the weeds crawled into the garden from all sides., we turned it into one big patch because of it. Our climate in Ontario I know is different than yours so it might be just fine for you. My daughters garden looks like yours but it's raised with a wood barrier. Your planting all my favourites.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
I'll give an update when we plant. The snow peas in Berkeley are doing well. I volunteered at the preschool today.
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• Canada
15 Jan 16
@TheHorse Snow peas and preschool in the same sentence is wonderful, and know I really mean that
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Jan 16
@PainsOnSlate I love it when harvest time comes. The kids and I pick them and eat them at snack time.
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@JudyEv (137004)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Feb 16
This was written some weeks ago. How are the gardens faring now?
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb 16
The snow peas along the fence (not pictured) are surviving, but nothing else has taken.
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@JudyEv (137004)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Feb 16
@TheHorse That's a shame.
• United States
15 Jan 16
oh, i've my fingers crossed fer ya, hon! i was listenin' to the weather the other eve 'n they're predictin' by august el nina's gonna take o'er 'n we'll be back'n drought once more :( saddened my heart to hear it! gigglin' o'er those lil ground squirrels, though i know how disheartenin' it is to've critters destroy yer crops.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb 16
They're still jumping all around out there.
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• United States
25 Feb 16
@TheHorse jest bag me some up 'n bring 'em o'er :D
@kevin1877uk (36989)
15 Jan 16
Good luck with the squirrels lol.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb 16
I fear they will win no matter what I do.
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@kevin1877uk (36989)
1 Mar 16
@TheHorse Lol yeah they will.
@sharon6345 (142334)
• United States
15 Jan 16
You know that looks like a grave yard right. I hope your plan works for you.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
Kids know to listen to The Horse. Heh heh. Yes, I hope we have some successes this Spring--thanks!
@sharon6345 (142334)
• United States
15 Jan 16
@TheHorse Your welcome. Take care..
@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 16
Didn't you have any help from the boys with the digging? I wish you better luck against those pesky squirrels.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
Nah, I wanted to get things started on my own. I'll get them involved in the actual planting, though.
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@jaboUK (55201)
• United Kingdom
15 Jan 16
@TheHorse Fair enough.
@kaka135 (14130)
• Malaysia
15 Jan 16
That's such a big garden. Hope you'll get some good fresh food to eat soon. I always wanted to plant sunflowers, but have not successfully plant one before. I will try it again. The squirrels will be happy to see your garden growing....
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
The squirrels will be happy indeed! Try starting sunflowers in little paper cups. Then transplant them with some Miracle Gro Quick Start.
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@LadyDuck (182458)
• Switzerland
15 Jan 16
They really look weird. I always dig the ground to allow the water to penetrate deeply, especially after many weeks of no rain.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
I think my strategy was a good one. We're supposed to have more rain tonight.
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@LadyDuck (182458)
• Switzerland
16 Jan 16
@TheHorse We had a strong wind during the night and this morning the ground is frozen.
@akalinus (22166)
• United States
14 Apr 16
Um, is anyone missing in your neighborhood? I have heard other stories of mysterious holes dug in the garden after midnight.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Apr 16
Just think "Rear Window." Buwaahaahaa!
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@moirai (2261)
• Philippines
14 Apr 16
May the children rest in piece...s... and may they provide nourishment for your corn, green beans, sunflowers and squash. Er... I mean...
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
14 Apr 16
Oh, I'm quite sure they are. I don't chop 'em up before I bury 'em, though.
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@freak369 (5019)
• United States
29 Feb 16
HA! I would have thought the same thing except for the highway being so close and it being all out in the open. Even so, they say the best hiding place for something is right out in the open
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
24 Mar 16
I do my burials late at night. And it's only the parts I don't BBQ for friends.
@GardenGerty (104105)
• United States
16 Jan 16
I wish it was time to think garden here.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
16 Jan 16
I'm sure I'll be asking you for more advice soon enough. For the next month and a half, you can live garden vicariously through me and the kids.
@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
15 Jan 16
How excellent and a good choice. You are right to turn the dirt deep so the roots have a lot of soft soil and water to grow with.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
25 Feb 16
I hope it helps. But I fear it's all just ground squirrel food.
@fawkes62 (1291)
• United States
15 Jan 16
Your title definitely got my attention, and the picture fits perfectly with it. I hope the ground squirrels leave your garden alone this year and that you get a nice harvest from it.
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@TheHorse (73573)
• Walnut Creek, California
15 Jan 16
I think maybe we'll start planting in a week or two. It's early, but I want the plants to get bigger before things dry up.
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