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Spring time at the Stones’: Tomatoes and Toads.

Friday, April 6, 2012 by  
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The tomato plants are loaded with flowers and young tomatoes. The foliage looks incredible!

The tomato plants are loaded with flowers and young tomatoes. The foliage looks incredible!

I woke up at 6:00 AM this morning, and it’s been a very productive morning so far. I’ve already trained (back/biceps/abs), showered, eaten, got some of today’s work done and even taken some photographs for this morning’s blog. 🙂

Spring is my favorite time of year, and a big part of the reason for that is my love of nature and gardening. Right now everything from the plants to the numerous creatures in our back yard are thriving, and that puts me in a great mood.

This year we have three varieties of tomato going (along with more than a dozen different herbs and peppers), and the tomatoes are doing even better than last year. Part of the reason why they are doing so well is I installed an automatic irrigation system for all of our herbs, peppers and tomatoes. It wasn’t a difficult or expensive project, and the regular watering is not only saving me a lot of time, it’s making all the herbs, tomatoes and peppers extremely happy. There are already quite a few young tomatoes on the plants, and they are also loaded with blossoms. We’re going to have a record harvest this year, no question about it.

A pair of Southern Toads in the pond this morning.

A pair of Southern Toads in the pond this morning.

Last night I heard the Southern Toads singing by the pond all night long. I love the sound of the Southern Toad mating call, I find it very relaxing. Every time I woke up to use the bathroom last night I was lulled back to sleep by the toads’ singing almost instantly.

This morning when I woke up there were lots of eggs in the pond, and one pair were still mating. I’m looking forward to the next generation of Southern Toads, and welcome them to our pond!

There are also several Southern Leopard frogs that live in the pond, and they have already mated a few times this spring. Southern Leopard Frog tadpoles take a very long time before they are mature enough to leave the pond (as in several months), and there is actually one tadpole in the pond right now that hatched last summer! The tadpole hibernated at the bottom of the pond during the winter, which I find fascinating. He’s so big now that when I first spotted him about a week ago I thought, “How the heck did a fish get in the pond!”

We also have Eastern Narrow-mouthed toads living in our pond, but we’ve never actually seen them (they are very shy). We know they are there from their distinctive bleating call, which we hear frequently.

I’ve made good progress on my work this morning, so I’m going to get back at it. If there are no unexpected surprises I may be able to knock off at 2:00 PM or so. Happy Friday!

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