|A few of the tortoises, roaming about. All the plants are edible for the tortoises.|
A lot of the plants I grow in our garden are safe for tortoises. I removed the ones that are poisonous, I added a few more safe ones, and also put out the Tortoise Lady's seed mix that my friend gave me.
|Those pavers get nice and hot in the sun!|
Below is a view of the tortoise garden before I installed the hardware cloth (which is similar to chicken wire, but with smaller holes). As mentioned before, I first dug a trench all along the edges. I dug down until I got to solid packed clay/rock. Then I filled the trench in with river rock and pavers. I placed flat 11" x11" cement pavers over the filled-in trench, and then built the border, using re-claimed pressure treated wood a neighbor gave me. The posts are cedar, except for the corner posts, which I also got from the neighbor for free. I still need to build a railing on top, to make it all look a bit nicer, now that the hardware cloth is attached - I'll post pictures of that later. Finally, I am attaching fish net above it all, coming down from the eaves, to keep out crows and hawks.
|The partition between Lady's area and the others will come down |
once she has been with us for a few more months.
|Timmy climbing up on top of one of the hides...|
|Lady pigging out on some turnip greens|
|The view of the length of the tortoise garden|
|Mila, coming out of the shade to get some more sun|
|Three of the tortoises roaming about|
|Two of the tortoises grazing|
|Lady enjoying the shade|
|Mila snacking some more|
Do YOU have a spot in your yard where you can build a tortoise garden? An outdoor enclosure can be a s large or as small as you would like... and if you use re-claimed materials like I did, the cost will be virtually free, except for good old back-breaking digging and sweat...