A Huntin’ I Did Go, A Huntin’ I Did Go, Hi Ho The Derry O! A Huntin’ I Did Go!

( I bet you sang that, didn’t you?)

 

While out doing my spring cleaning on Sunday (03/19/2017) I saw that there were castings on the ground. Well if there were castings it must mean that the frost is out of the ground. So I will be able to start digging my flower beds to get them ready for seeds and bulbs.
David and I have both been watching the ponds itching for the ice to go out. Well it has gone. We are going to get our fishing licenses on Saturday when we go to town. You may be wondering if I am getting a fishing license why am I going on about hunting?
Well with fishing there comes a bit a hunting. You need some bait right. So when I saw those castings on the ground I knew it was just a matter of time. Yesterday it was drizzly raining on and off most of the day. Perfect conditions for an earthworm hunt! So last night with bucket and flashlight in  hand I went a huntin’!

I bagged these beauties. It was easy pickings.

I approached my first target slowly and silently. I had to be light on my feet. I reach, make the grab, and gently pull. It was barely in its hole so it came right out. Most of them were bagged this easily. I need not have been so concerned about being stealthy. They were a bit slow and sluggish as the temperature was only between 35 and 40 last night around 8:45 pm. Later in the season this will not be the case. They will be quick to retreat into their holes at the slightest change in lighting or the merest tremble of the ground from your footsteps. That is why it is best to hunt while it is raining, your footsteps are masked by the rain if you move slowly and softly.

I did not bag every one I saw as they still had some growing to do. You don’t want to deplete your supply when you have a whole fishing season ahead of you.
I didn’t even have to go around the whole yard. I went from the deck steps over to the back door steps. Most of them were right of the edge of the grass along the side of the house. There is plenty of hunting grounds so we don’t over hunt an area.

The best things about earthworm hunting it only took about 15 minutes to get this dozen and a  1/2

and  you don’t have to pay $ 3.00 for a dozen.

I just saved three dollars and some change. 🙂

Earthworm hunters

Yesterday’s fishing trip depleted the worm supply. The fish were very good at stealing worms. It was like we were at the “How to steal a worm without getting caught class in school. ” We must have gotten the advance students. 😀

So last night David and I went earthworm hunting during the rain we got last night. We did pretty well. We caught 67 worms of those I caught 8. He out hunted me as well as out fished me.

I got distracted by this fellow hunter. He thought the weather was prime for earthworm hunting too.

Yardwork, a Butterfly, Earthworms, Flowers and a Bumble Bee.

This morning was for doing some yard work. I decided I would finish raking the leaf pile in the backyard that we left the last week. I raked them off the grass onto the dirt patio. Scooped them up and packed them into the blue 35 gallon trashcan.

As I was raking I found a couple of good-sized earthworms under the leaves that were in the corner of the patio.I picked them up and took them in the house. They were put in the worm box in the fridge for fishing this weekend!

I then transported the leaves over to the leaf pile in the new garden area. It took me 3 loads to transport all the leaves and 2 small loads of extra dirt. Dave is going to rake this out over the area and then mow it up. This will add organics to the area when it is dug or tilled in. Dave has not decided if he is going to purchase a new tiller or not yet. When I had finished up, Dave came out and brought the garden hose around and watered the strawberries.

He said that I was his hero for the day because I raked up those leaves he had been looking at for the last couple of days but just couldn’t find the motivation to do it. He has been battling a cold bug for the last week and has just been fatigued as he has not been sleeping well due to his coughing fits at night. Well I helped him find some motivation today. He has continued doing stuff in the backyard. He flipped the big metal fish tank over and sprayed it off. We keep the small fish we catch in it for use as bait for the bigger fish we want to catch. He is also raking some leaves in the backyard on the other side of the tree.

One final note, all this yard work can lead to house work.

Who drug in all this dirt! I am not sweeping it up!

Who drug in all this dirt! I am not sweeping it up!