Monday, May 25, 2009

Garden CSI: Abscondence Of A Rhubarb

I wish I had thought to take a picture of the hole before throwing the dirt back in. But frankly, I was too stunned to think straight. My new rhubarb is gone. Stolen. By a critter.

Now, my backyard is fenced. And within the backyard, the garden is fenced. The yard surrounding the garden is patrolled by Teak and Luna much of the day. So I suspect that whoever stole my rhubarb did it at night. But heavens, what kind of a critter steals rhubarb?!

Let me put this is better perspective... After getting into the garden sanctum, the critter would have found itself surrounded by potatoes growing madly, amazing survivalist beans, healthy garlic, chard, and baby greens, new tomato and pea plants, tasty hop and grape vines, and... right next to the rhubarb plant, the strawberry bed. Yet the only thing taken was one scrawny rhubarb plant that went into the ground late. And this plant was not yanked out of the ground. It was carefully excavated out, leaving a perfectly symmetrical ring of dirt around the edge of the hole. But again, I ask you, what kind of critter steals rhubarb?


Sande said...

That's a mystery. Hope you find and punish the culprit.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I'm sorry for your loss;-( How clever the thief appears to be! I don't know what little critters like rhubard so I can't help with that...just stopping by after you visited my blog. Thanks for your help with my plant i.d. problem. I finally learned that it is Artemesia 'Oriental Limelight' and it multiplies like crazy--so it won't be seeing light outside of a pot;-)

Frances said...

Hi Maggie, that is a determined varmint. I thought rhubarb parts were poisonous in some way too, the leaves or something? Although maybe it was the fresh soil and an easy digging? Or something under the rhubarb? We often have mysterious vandalism here too, especially around the pond. Skunks do weird things, and opossums. We may never know!

Maggie said...

Sande, I suspect the culprit will remain anonymous. I think I would have to stake out the garden all night to catch the critter in the act and that just ain't happenin'.

Jan, Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you got an i.d. for your mystery plant. You were lucky to learn its true nature before planting it out in the garden.

Frances, The leaves of rhubarb are toxic (although not as deadly as many people think). While I am a bit miffed that something swiped my much anticipated rhubarb, I have really gotten a chuckle out of the fact that is what was stolen. Also, I'm having a terrible time picking my choice for your viola beauty pageant. There are too many choices! :-)