Visitors to our garden are welcome! We were thrilled to find helpers in our garden this year – a toad, wasps, spiders and a praying mantis. They kept some of the insect pests from doing too much damage. This praying mantis was not intimidated by the size of its prey. After a few flashes … More Visitors to our home garden
The pest bugs in our garden – squash bugs, flea beetles, Colorado potato beetles and others kept this Assassin Nymph well fed! I found the nymph about 4 weeks ago on an eggplant leaf. Yesterday, I found two mature Assassin bugs. I recognized them by their long hooked beaks and agile legs. Last year, my … More Good Bug – The Assassin Bug
Saturday, while we worked in the garden fertilizing, weeding and securing our unruly tomato plants, we met a new garden friend. My husband met him first when he crawled underneath the tomato plants to clip off the discolored tomato sucker branches. He rested his hand on the black plastic below one tomato plant and felt … More Toad in Our Tomato Bed
My son shouted, “It’s a Stink bug! I am going to smash it!” “Wait! Let mama look at it, it might be a good bug,” said my husband. For a gardener, my husband has an unhealthy aversion to bugs. He lets me make the good bug or bad bug call. I put down my shovel … More It’s an Assassin Bug. A Good Bug!
I found a big snake in our backyard strawberry patch! I saw the brown, black and white stripped snake a few days ago as I reached to remove the netting over the plants. It was not a slim little garter snake. This snake was long and coiled beneath the strawberry and fig tree leaves. It … More A Snake in Our Strawberry Patch
Howard County Conservancy gives my son a big backyard where he can freely explore a creek, run in a field, study wildlife, feed a goat, grow a garden, hold a wiggling tadpole and observe its eyes under a magnifying glass and simply learn to value our beautiful natural world. Last weekend, our family worked at … More Moving Day for Tadpoles