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 Post subject: What happened to this thyme plant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:06 pm 
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Sadly, this is the only thing that is growing in the disgusting soil outside my house. I've been nursing it because I feel proud that everything else gave up except this little thyme plant. Then...THIS happened:

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Was it animal or human? Do you think a person would try to steal a plant? What does it look like to you? I live in an urban neighborhood, but there's all chain link fences and lots of open gates, so anything could get in.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:09 pm 
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I'd have to vote animal. I think if a human tried to steal a plant, they'd be more successful, don't you think? Looks to me like a critter had a really good time digging with his or her paws.

How much of the roots are left? Can your little thyme be saved?

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Vote to animal.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:44 pm 
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I just want outside to check the roots and they're fine. Covered it back up with dirt and gave it a good sprinkling of water. It's the only thing I've ever grown and I feel protective of it.

Now I'm realizing it's kinda weird that the first thing I thought was "What kind of person tries to steal a PLANT?!"


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:00 pm 
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Only thyme will tell. Gawd, I'm ridiculous.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:13 pm 
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I was growing some garlic last year and I put my reused-container-pot outside for fuller sun. The next day or so my plant had been dug up and some of the roots were broken. A few days later I saw a squirrel messing around in the pathetically tiny patch of dirt that comes w/ the apartment I rent. I like squirrels--I consider them novel because you don't see them upclose in the country--but I was SO pissed at that little mustard.

^That was my roundabout way of saying it probably was an animal. The hole markings look like an animal as well, seeing as humans would probably perfer to steal plants by not making their markings so overt (e.g. long-stroked scar in the soil, broken edges of that grass-looking plant).

Rabbits eat roots and like to dig burrows which are kind of in that shape. Do you have bunnies in your urban area?

Also: Why is your soil "disgusting"?
Is its pH off? Does it just need a good till? Should you feed it your food scraps by burying them under the surface? (And yes I do 'feed' my patheticly tiny soil patch. Soil is my friend and it rewarded me with chili peppers last summer.)

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:34 pm 
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Fascist wrote:

Also: Why is your soil "disgusting"?
Is its pH off? Does it just need a good till? Should you feed it your food scraps by burying them under the surface? (And yes I do 'feed' my patheticly tiny soil patch. Soil is my friend and it rewarded me with chili peppers last summer.)


I'll give you a list of things I've dug up while tilling the soil:

beer bottle caps
nails
paper clips
plastic toys
plastic bags
children's barrettes
quarters, pennies, dimes
a broken comb
smashed beer cans
a receipt for a mattress

That's mainly why I think it's disgusting, but I'm also just mad at it because the plants that were growing in that soil that I tried to get rid of, continue to grow.

Also, it could very possibly be squirrels! There's two squirrels that run along the fence by the house. One day, we had a crate of apples outside and I saw one squirrel running away with a whole apple in his mouth. So I already know he's a good-for-nothin criminal squirrel.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 10:48 pm 
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graffitipassion wrote:
Now I'm realizing it's kinda weird that the first thing I thought was "What kind of person tries to steal a PLANT?!"

People do. We used to live on the main street of a small town, and people stole our flowers that were planted in the little garden right in front of our house.

My vote on this one is animal though.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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graffitipassion wrote:
Now I'm realizing it's kinda weird that the first thing I thought was "What kind of person tries to steal a PLANT?!"

People do, indeed! I've had many plants dug up and taken- big ones too! I've also had people take entire planters. The last was a set of 4 large window boxes I had on the ground by my back stairs.
My vote goes to the squirrels, though.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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Oh yes, sqiurrels! When I was visiting a friend in Birmingham, squirrels (the big grey ones, apparently immigrated from the US) did much the same thing (and worse) to her avocado plants.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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It's a wrinkle in thyme!

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 6:42 am 
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choirqueer wrote:
It's a wrinkle in thyme!

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or (if you go with the alien theory) it might be a Martian Thyme Slip.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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graffitipassion wrote:
Now I'm realizing it's kinda weird that the first thing I thought was "What kind of person tries to steal a PLANT?!"


Actually, this kind of encases in a nutshell my general discontent and mistrust of humans.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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I think probably a squirrel too. I had one dig up a tarragon plant once. It was growing fine, next thing I knew the whole plant was lying on it's side. The happy ending to this story is I just reburied it, and now 2 years later it is still growing strong. I was amazed at how well it grew back so hopefully you're thyme will be fine.

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 9:22 am 
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My neighbor told me that squirrels dip up plants to gnaw at the roots to get water out of them. It looks like you were visited by a thirsty squirrel.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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Magpie-Grin wrote:
graffitipassion wrote:
Now I'm realizing it's kinda weird that the first thing I thought was "What kind of person tries to steal a PLANT?!"

People do, indeed! I've had many plants dug up and taken- big ones too! I've also had people take entire planters. The last was a set of 4 large window boxes I had on the ground by my back stairs.
My vote goes to the squirrels, though.


A couple of years ago my parents had some wild lady's slipper orchids in their garden. They were so proud of them. But only for about a week or so. Then they were stolen.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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Same thing happened to my veggies last year! I'm betting it was possums or brush turkeys.

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This is a brush turkey
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I'm sorry for your loss!

They are everywhere in my state, even in the city where I live!

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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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Veglicious wrote:
Same thing happened to my veggies last year! I'm betting it was possums or brush turkeys.

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This is a brush turkey
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I'm sorry for your loss!

They are everywhere in my state, even in the city where I live!


I am very sorry about your plants. But that turkey looks really cool!


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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Oh my. I had no idea gardening was such risky business! Squirrels, cats, dogs, people, turkeys.

AND I have water the plants too!

Sheesh.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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Veglicious wrote:
Same thing happened to my veggies last year! I'm betting it was possums or brush turkeys.



possums took out our first broccoli plants last year too. Now we've got some crazy wire mesh construction thing to keep them [and the pesky white butterflies] out.


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 Post subject: Re: What happened to this thyme plant?
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That turkey is pretty. I'm lucky to not have any casualties to that extent, the critters aren't smart enough around here (I guess). The bugs, however, love my garden. If it were a human, you'd expect to see something stomped or outright stolen.
Example: On moving out day for the college I attended some DICKWEEDS stole my potted tomato plant from my porch. forkers.


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