This morning while it was still a bit cool and ever-so-nice, I went to check out my little herb garden. While I was admiring the phenomenal growth of some of the plants, I noticed that my parsley looked mighty sparse. It's the plant in the middle. It was downright skinny.
What the? Upon closer inspection, I saw bare stalks sticking up into the air. Bare stalks! Stalks that were all lush and full just two days ago.
And then, to the right of the parsley, I noticed that one of my basil plants had been gnawed on.
Somebody has been chowing down on my herbs!
I'd recently cut off a bunch of the basil leaves for some spaghetti I made, but I didn't leave the plant half chewed up like the picture above shows... with parts of leaves left behind and it being about half gone. I guess the thief had his fill and moved on to the grass seed next!
Seed that I use to plant grass for the kitties so they can have some greenery in the house since they're not allowed outside. Someone chewed open the bag, scattered it all about and then pooped in it. Yes, they pooped in it. Who poops in their food for heaven's sake? Those little brown spots? Those would be the poops. I guess they were so excited with their find they couldn't control themselves.
And then! Oh my... I noticed there were flies all in a dither around a huge pot that I'd decided not to use this year. When I looked in to see why the flies were so excited, I discovered to my disgust and repulsion what looked like a thick maggot stew. Oh, it was not a pretty sight. It was nasty. It was vile. It took my breath away. And yes, I actually recoiled in horror.
Somehow two rats had gotten into the big pot and drowned. At least I guess that is what happened. It was a most sad and uninviting site - and stench. Not only were the dead rats floating in the water, there were maggots floating all about as well. And don't forget the flies. There were lots of flies.
I ran to fetch Mike, since he didn't hear me calling his name, telling him I found a man job for him.The ceramic pot was so big and heavy I couldn't lift it (well, I don't think I could've lifted it, but I must admit I didn't want to try), so it was indeed a man's job. Plus, Mike is just better with dead animals and stinky stuff and maggots and things. (He never minds cleaning out shower drain when it gets clogged whereas I have literally gagged when attempting it.) And I'm not even a girly girl.
So he tossed the whole brew over the side of the deck. Ew. We cleaned out the pot - which has a hole in it, but hadn't drained for some reason - and then turned it upside down, as you can see. No more surprises in that big, black pot.
I'm thinking maybe those two rats had eaten my herbs and grass seed and then were just trying to top off their partyin' spree with a sip of water - and met their demise. I dunno. I've never seen rats around here, only squirrels. I'm thinkin' I need a deck cat - like farmers have a barn cat y'know. Someone to run off all the thieving creatures.
I did discover one thing good outside today though... my very first tomato this year!
It's about the size of an egg so far and is still green, but it was enough to help me forget about rats, maggots and chewed up herbs just a little bit.
Here is one more picture, showing how all the plants are growing and doing quite well. They'll be huge soon... providing I can keep the critters off 'em.