All tortoises are particular. Just because a plant is edible doesn’t mean they’ll want to eat them. Zoya, for example, is much more likely to climb in (or dig under) the pansies and marigolds than eat them. Marigolds keep some pests away so they are great to throw in there (and easy to find), and what fun is a garden without plants to dominate? 

Zoya has her favorite nom nom plants and, on top of that, she’s one moody tort! She’s very fond of petunia treats but, depending on how she’s feeling, its a color specific love. I had put light and dark purple petunias in her garden and was surprised she wasn’t eating them all in 2 seconds. She wasn’t eating them at all. I know she preferes to dominate the marigolds and pansies as opposed to eating them, but petunias are generally a joyful snack. With these purple and light purple/white petunias she was mostly sniffing and stomping on them.

Seems the problem was more about my color choices. Got some brighter pinkl petunias to replenish the stomped garden and well seems that was key. I set them down and turned around to get my gloves.. . two minutes passed and I turned back around to find them toppled over and half eaten and/or in her mouth. 

Point taken princess Zoya Pants, point taken. 

All tortoises are particular. Just because a plant is edible doesn’t mean they’ll want to eat them. Zoya, for example, is much more likely to climb in (or dig under) the pansies and marigolds than eat them. Marigolds keep some pests away so they are great to throw in there (and easy to find), and what fun is a garden without plants to dominate? 

Zoya has her favorite nom nom plants and, on top of that, she’s one moody tort! She’s very fond of petunia treats but, depending on how she’s feeling, its a color specific love. I had put light and dark purple petunias in her garden and was surprised she wasn’t eating them all in 2 seconds. She wasn’t eating them at all. I know she preferes to dominate the marigolds and pansies as opposed to eating them, but petunias are generally a joyful snack. With these purple and light purple/white petunias she was mostly sniffing and stomping on them.

Seems the problem was more about my color choices. Got some brighter pinkl petunias to replenish the stomped garden and well seems that was key. I set them down and turned around to get my gloves.. . two minutes passed and I turned back around to find them toppled over and half eaten and/or in her mouth. 

Point taken princess Zoya Pants, point taken. 

All tortoises are particular. Just because a plant is edible doesn’t mean they’ll want to eat them. Zoya, for example, is much more likely to climb in (or dig under) the pansies and marigolds than eat them. Marigolds keep some pests away so they are great to throw in there (and easy to find), and what fun is a garden without plants to dominate? 

Zoya has her favorite nom nom plants and, on top of that, she’s one moody tort! She’s very fond of petunia treats but, depending on how she’s feeling, its a color specific love. I had put light and dark purple petunias in her garden and was surprised she wasn’t eating them all in 2 seconds. She wasn’t eating them at all. I know she preferes to dominate the marigolds and pansies as opposed to eating them, but petunias are generally a joyful snack. With these purple and light purple/white petunias she was mostly sniffing and stomping on them.

Seems the problem was more about my color choices. Got some brighter pinkl petunias to replenish the stomped garden and well seems that was key. I set them down and turned around to get my gloves.. . two minutes passed and I turned back around to find them toppled over and half eaten and/or in her mouth. 

Point taken princess Zoya Pants, point taken. 

All tortoises are particular. Just because a plant is edible doesn’t mean they’ll want to eat them. Zoya, for example, is much more likely to climb in (or dig under) the pansies and marigolds than eat them. Marigolds keep some pests away so they are great to throw in there (and easy to find), and what fun is a garden without plants to dominate? 

Zoya has her favorite nom nom plants and, on top of that, she’s one moody tort! She’s very fond of petunia treats but, depending on how she’s feeling, its a color specific love. I had put light and dark purple petunias in her garden and was surprised she wasn’t eating them all in 2 seconds. She wasn’t eating them at all. I know she preferes to dominate the marigolds and pansies as opposed to eating them, but petunias are generally a joyful snack. With these purple and light purple/white petunias she was mostly sniffing and stomping on them.

Seems the problem was more about my color choices. Got some brighter pinkl petunias to replenish the stomped garden and well seems that was key. I set them down and turned around to get my gloves.. . two minutes passed and I turned back around to find them toppled over and half eaten and/or in her mouth. 

Point taken princess Zoya Pants, point taken. 

a few warm days and a crazy flower sale led to a garden transformation from 6 petunia plants and some rocks to what Zoya appeared to interpret as “OMG GARDEN ITS MY BIRTHDAY WIN!” Marigolds, petunias (4 8 packs! 32 new single plants) and a few pansies happened and Zoya was in heaven.

The petunias never had a chance. All but 3 flowers gone in 10 minutes flat… but damn did she enjoy it (and thankfully some good regrowth is happening since its been raining for 3 days since these pics).

With all the rain after such a fun garden day, she is very clearly unhappy to not be in her outdoor garden of nom nom heaven and scoffs at the greens I provide her every morning.Oh and the pansies are a new one in the garden and nothing made me laugh more than her quick confusion in which she took a bite of a pansy.. looked at it.. clearly thought in her little tortie brain… NOT A PETUNIA.. and promptly moved along by stomping all over it. 

gotta love this little trouble maker. Looking forward to a nice weekend according to the weather reports so she can continue to destroy all my gardening attempts and I can blame that for my lack of green thumb 🙂