There is something about water from the hose that Ernie LOVES, even if the water has been sitting in the hose all day and is warm enough to cook pasta with. He follows me around the garden in the morning, sampling the flow to ensure optimum growing conditions.
Dexter, on the other hand, is really into the soil sampling. I mean really into it. He has taken it upon himself to regularly and throughly dig up aerate the soil to evenly distribute nutrients and encourage healthy root growth. Unfortunately he also discourages root growth by periodically unearthing recently transplanted seedlings and then resting on the bed of tilled earth and young plants.
So I’ve Dexter-proofed the baby seedlings by surrounding them with bamboo skewers. So far it seems to be working, although I lost 4 tomatillo seedlings before I figured out a workable solution.
Not pretty, but they are safe. For now.