Cherry Hill Garden is privileged to have two four-legged garden helpers.
Riley, the dog, is an Old Time Scotch Collie. He generally protects the property and runs off the varmints--raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and the occasional skunk--that wander onto the premises. We also hope he is a deterrent to deer. We know they are in the area and they have nibbled on our fruit trees, but so far they have not bothered the daylilies much. He provides good companionship in the garden unless it is too hot. Then he is lying in the shade somewhere or in the house asleep on an air vent.
Sparky, the cat, is our newest helper. He was found wandering, starving. What is really surprising is he rides around in the gator with us. Riley is too chicken to ride. Sparky is a very good hunter. He has caught mice, voles, shrews, ground squirrels. Hardly a week goes by that he doesn't deposit a dead critter in front of the patio or front door.