She’s not a typical little girl.
Instead of playing with dolls, she’d rather be catching toads. I love that.
But this also means she wants to bring them inside as pets.
I figure, as long as she’s taking care of them 100%, they’re a great way for her to observe nature and learn a little responsibility. And I must admit, she has been fantastic about taking care of “Dappled Grey” and “Sapo”. (She cracks me up with the names she produces for her critters!)
They are currently housed in a little aquarium, which she has furnished with rocks, plants, and a small bowl of water. Every morning she goes outside and catches all of the grasshoppers she can find to put in the tank for the toads to eat (making sure to collect twice as many on Fridays so she can observe the Sabbath.) She’s also great at catching houseflies, which they love. And she never gets tired of watching them catch their meal, and swallow it whole.
But the other day she was complaining of having a hard time finding grasshoppers. I told her to look in the garden ’cause they’re all over my pepper plants!
And then it occurred to me… a pure stroke of genius… and I spoke it aloud,
“Hey! We should put toads in the garden to eat the pests that are destroying everything!”
Think about it. I could build a chicken wire cover for the raised beds, and put toads in there to live. Did you know that one toad can kill up to 10,000 insects in just one summer? Think of the wonderful work they could do in a garden!!
All a frog needs is a nice, cool cave-like structure to live in, made either out of rocks, or an inverted clay pot with a chip in the rim for an opening, and a little bowl of water!
Now that’s sustainable, organic farming!!
I totally have to try that next Spring. We have tons of toads around here all Summer!
Am I a genius or what?!
Okay. Don’t answer that.