21 July 2009

Two Green Dewclaws


My dog. the Master Gardener.

Take a look at that image. The plant is exceedingly healthy and pest-free and blooming like mad.

The squash - which I've only recently identified as a Jack-Be-Little pumpkin - is perfect.

I've never successfully grown common crookneck squash, let alone an attractive little decorative variety.

Oh, but my dog did.

See, that plant appeared in the middle of the back lawn after a good, soaking rain. It sprang from a pile of dog poop.

Hub thought it was a weed. I thought I recognized the leaves as a squash. So I put a cage around it and let it go. Now I'll have cute little pumpkins for Halloween.

It seems that Mimi was foraging in the compost pile and consumed something laying beside a decomposed pumpkin from last autumn. She...er...processed the seeds, um...eliminated them and here we have a lovely little plant.

I think this sounds like a cable television series in the making. I just can't decide if it should run on HGTV or Animal Planet....

10 comments:

Nina said...

Hey, Ace of Cakes comes on 2 different channels, yours can too.

Melissa said...

That's awesome! A circle of life kind of thing...

Governor Jen said...

Hey - if they can charge $300 per half-pound of Kopi Luwak, you should be able to market this thing to get some big cash!

Mrs. Gamgee said...

absolutely smurftastic! Think about the market for doggy processed seeds! You could make a mint.

Comet Girl said...

My sweet master gardener neighbor GAVE me a Japanese maple (we all know how expensive they are) and I think I've managed to kill it. Meanwhile, across town, your shepard mix is growing squash. That ain't right!

Le laquet said...

Wait somewhere there's a company that makes a fortune from coffee beans* that have previously been ingested by squirrels or weasels or something ... pumpkin seeds passed by dogs are not so scary after that surely?

* I'm sure I didn't just make that up BUT knowing me you never know!

alejna said...

Cool beans. Or seeds. It's a great idea to plant seeds with a healthy load of fertilizer. Your dog is a very efficient gardener.

As for the beans, the coffee beans that is, the animal that ingests them to produce Kopi Luwak is a civet. I just read that this morning.

Alicia said...

haha!! you should have him fertilize the rest of the garden!

destinationlife said...

::Mingle Mingle::

I apologize if this is a duplicate comment. Something odd happened...anyway...

Just wanted to say thanks for making me smile with this post. Dog processing a seed - that's awesome! Funny how nature works even if we humans think it's gross!

Have a great day!
Dani

kathi said...

:: mingle, mingle ::

I sooooo love this story! I am wondering about the tv series though. Will Mimi play herself? Will she re-enact the pivotal scene? What will result from that re-enactment, I wonder? :)