Wednesday, June 03, 2009


DEEP IN THE SOLACE OF NO SQUIRRELS


Spent a weekend day off wrangling with a more fully considered re-do of the two 20x4m nets I put up around the garden a few months ago, having during that earlier process come to more deeply understand the grasping nature and embrasive ambitions of finely meshed nets intended for monkeys and suchlike, into which category I unfortunately fall, especially when it gets windy like yesterday and the nets really like me and all my tools and boots and fingers and buttons and nose and teeth and hair, and for a few times there it was a distinct possibility that some passerby might have responded to dim muffled cries and found me wrapped up in my work and immobilized like a brigand simian should be, but I managed to beat the big wrap, since I'm still fast for my age. Given my lifestyle, in a decade or so I'll probably have to give up netting.

On a brighter note, I heard from Ronni Bennett a few days ago that she was having trouble with squirrels devouring her plants. In some ways, squirrels can be worse than monkeys, since the cute little puffytails can not only climb, they can chew through just about anything, like an attic wall, say, and would make short work of my new netting.

There's an old Japanese saying I just made up, that goes "Amidst a plague of monkeys, one envies a plague of squirrels." It might have had a shot at being an actual old saying, if squirrels were ever a topic here in Japan, but they aren't. It's just me rambling on the internet. I've never seen a squirrel around here, and I doubt if they'd get along with the monkeys any better than I do. Thus, in my unending state of abject monkification, I sneak some solace from the fact of Ronni Bennett and her squirrels. I thank the goodness of nature that I have no squirrels, as a gardener I delight in the fact. I am also glad that Ronni has no monkeys. We must find consolation and delight where we can amidst the horns of our dilemmas.

I look upon my netted garden and there are no cute little bushytails gnawing their way through my new hung nets! I smile.

3 comments:

Tabor said...

We have chicken wire around the vegetable garden and that at least makes the squirrels put out some effort before they dine on the strawberries. Fortunately, they seem to only eat a few in each bed. The bunnies have indeed eaten through the deer fence and like to nibble on my creeping phlox.

R. Brady said...

Oddly enough, I've seen only one rabbit up here in 15 years! My solace deepens...

Plain Jane said...

I can vouch for the voracity of squirrels... those scamps can eat through darned near anything - which includes extra thick plastic tubs full of bird seed (and the seed in it!).