GARDENING WITH SKUNKS isn’t a phrase that rolls off the tongue, the way “…with deer,” or “…with rabbits” might. But here at A Way to Garden, outsmarting awakening skunks is one of spring’s first challenges. These omnivores especially like grubs and worms, and root around in search of a good meal. Didn’t anybody tell them soilless mix, fresh from the bale, doesn’t contain any? By now I’ve learned not to actually put the pansies in the pots the first few nights, but simply the soil…and let them have at it. Next year I’ll go one step further, and do my prep on a tarp, to make the annual skunk cleanup easier. Live (with skunks) and learn.