Tortie likes to browse in our backyard garden
My wife Lois, and I, have 4 large garden boxes in our backyard, where we grow all kinds of squash, beans, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, mammoth sunflowers (to feed the squirrel so he leaves the rest of the veggies for us) and an assortment of herbs we use for cooking.
There are gravel paths between these garden boxes. We tend to let our veggies have free reign, and the pathways are necessary so Lois and I can find our way through the garden jungle to harvest the fruits and vegetables of our labor.
This spring, our son Karl blocked off the ends of these paths with wooden barriers. This allowed us to release our pet desert tortoise, “Tortie (“creative name, right?), inside the now enclosed paths so he can spend the day browsing on the overhanging plants, or dozing in the sun. We humans can just step over the barriers. There is now a “tortoise browse line” here and there along the paths, indicating which vegetables Tortie likes, and which ones he doesn’t like to eat.
We bring Tortie back in to his special greenhouse enclosure (we call it his garage) at night so he can’t encounter any raccoons, which can cause considerable damage to tortoises and turtles. /Gary