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The Mighty Odin's first outdoor habitat/playpen

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  1. Odin's Gma

    Odin's Gma Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I would absolutely recommend them to anyone, and not just because they actually have the seeds our torts love! Decent prices and super fast delivery! This last batch was ordered Thursday and delivered Saturday. And the germination rate and health of the dandelion varieties and white clover has been phenomenal! I expect no less from the new clovers, purslane and plantain, although some of them don't germinate for 2-3 weeks so I will have to TRY and be patient.
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    Oh! And I also ordered a few kinds of mallow seeds from them which are sprouting wonderfully now!


    I should say the ones that Odin hasn't come across are sprouting wonderfully......
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    Oxalis Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Sounds great! Thanks so much! I've been wondering where I can find places that sell a better variety of seeds for tortoises. ;)
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    Update! The seeds that I planted Saturday are already sprouting! I am assuming it is the clover because I believe the plantain and purslane were the ones that take longer, but regardless of which ones they are, I am pretty impressed with only 3 days until seeing green!
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    Oxalis Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Awesome, way to go! :D
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    The garden was pretty darn overgrown 002.JPG 004.JPG

    But beautiful and full of tasty goodness! 024.JPG 026.JPG 027.JPG 028.JPG 029.JPG

    But captain grumpy-pants was mad that everything was too high to munch through without slowing his forward motion
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    So.....
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    I spent a good part of the afternoon crawling around and hand trimming for The Mighty Odin. 035.JPG 036.JPG 037.JPG 039.JPG

    And he perked right up! (spoiled much?) 056.JPG 058.JPG 059.JPG 061.JPG
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    Until he needed a nap 067.JPG 068.JPG 069.JPG 070.JPG 071.JPG 072.JPG 073.JPG 074.JPG

    And then out for round two!

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    When do I get a nap?
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    Oxalis Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Spoiled, huh? Sounds like my Steve too!! Lovely flowers! Amazing they are growing so well in what looks like full shade/indirect sunlight. You're quite the gardener!!
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    Yep, it is in shade with dappled sun all afternoon, only getting direct sun in the morning and then after about 3 PM. I did not expect the massive overgrowth! I have been trimming it weekly and have the blisters to prove it!

    I am sure I will regret saying this, but....he needs to eat more.:eek:
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    You're one tough grandma!!! ;) Way to go!!
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    Well, the playpen and gardening is paying off in a BIG way! Today was the first squash flower ever for the Mighty Odin, and I think the pics say it all. 009.JPG 014.JPG 025.JPG 030.JPG 031.JPG 032.JPG


    SO glad I planted squash!
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    Wow, he looks super happy! I love how he looks like he's thinking "Where did it go?" in the last picture! My Steve does that quite a lot (he's definitely not the best with depth perception). ;)
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    I get the same look every time he finishes something delicious, a mix of "where did it go?" and "did you take it?" :p

    So, this week I stopped in at a couple local nurserys looking for sale items and I "accidentally" started Odin a secondary snacking space for next year, I think we will call it the juice bar :D.
    It doesn't look like much now, but so far it has a cherry tree and some tiny mulberry seedlings coming up. I also found some blackberry bushed growing wild at the back of the yard! No idea where they came from but I am debating relocating them into the juice bar, not sure yet. I am also thinking I may steal some more wild raspberry bushes from my folks lake house for it.
    Oh yeah, notice anything else?
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    I know torts shouldn't be kept in pairs, but I just had to take the chance with this one. :p 024.JPG

    I also picked up a couple day lillies, and a small lavendar bush. Not sure where I will be putting those yet.

    Of course Odin was only interested in clover and squash flowers.
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    This weekend has been miserably hot for me, but lovely for Odin, so of course we have been outside a lot. Yesterday I let him roam the yard outside of his enclosure for a good long time while I worked on the juice bar.

    Is this heaven? There is food EVERYWHERE! 047.JPG 001.JPG

    Making friends 019.JPG 022.JPG

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    I also gave the playpen it's weekly haircut while Odin watched warily for the mouth of his burrow.

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    We also played hide and seek 017.JPG

    And just for scale, this is the northside of the playpen with him just visible in front of massive growth. Underneath all of the flowers and squash and such is a wild tangle of clover in which he finds a clever new hide every time I take my eyes off of him. I thought I lost him at least 5 times yesterday!
    While digging for him, I decided to relocate one of the small rose bushes and the sempervivum to the juice bar as they were completely buried in the jungle. I also found the geranium had been chewed through just an inch or so off the ground. Hmm....wonder how that happened?:rolleyes: 038.JPG
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    Awesome! One of the best threads I ever read through!
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    Thank you! And we had another long day outside, so there is more!
    Today I had to repot the ridiculous amount of opuntia that I have, which meant musical pots! I relocated the bell peppers into the juice bar (he won't have access this year because I bought the day lilies and tree from a big chain place...pesticides and such) 028.JPG

    And in his travels he toyed with my emotions and went for the mud pit!
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    And then moved on.:(

    Then, at about 2PM, he took his afternoon nap in his burrow. I snapped a pic only because it was the only way I can see him in there, and I had to go up on the deck to work on his indoor trays. He was a little p*ssed..... 064.JPG

    But after he came out I offered him a mea culpa of squash flower, tasty young opuntia and strawberry tops. 069.JPG

    He forgave me. :D 073.JPG
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    Awww, so cute! Amazing how spoiled the little guy is! Very nice tortoise sculpture -- I ended up buying the same one from our local Lowe's. It's in our front yard now!! ;)
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    Today we played "find the tortoise"

    Over, and over, and over again. 014.JPG

    Every time I turned my back he was hiding in a new spot 019.JPG

    He's in there....somewhere...waiting...watching.... 021.JPG

    These were only a few 052.JPG

    All this, and he spends his hours outside pouting. 027.JPG 029.JPG

    What am I going to do with him.:rolleyes:
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