They say that ladybug larvae (babies) look “like tiny alligators.” But ladybug larvae are really good to have in your garden — they eat their own weight in aphids and other garden pests every day, and grow up to eat thousands more. Alligators, on the other hand, hardly eat any aphids at all, and are […]
Birds are not as gullible as you might think. And NO, no birds were harmed during the making of these photographs. On the contrary, they managed to consume half a bag of sunflower seeds — the fancy black sunflower seeds they like so much more than the ordinary cheap birdseed — while absolutely refusing to hop into […]
The other day, I bought a peach. When I brought it home and cut it in half, I found… The Very Hungry Caterpillar! It’s okay. He didn’t eat very much. We trimmed away the part he nibbled. There was plenty left for everyone! I try not to freak out when I find a critter in my produce. More importantly, I […]
Boo! Happy halloween, on behalf of all the monsters who live in my garden. Don’t worry: they’re teeny-tiny little critters. And most of them are friendly. Or, like Bunnincula, only prey on vegetables. As for the rest (we do get the occasional wasp or black widow) they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them.
My tiny patch of pole beans is festooned with sun-bleached bones, hanging from bits of twine like something out of The Blair Witch Project. None of my neighbors have said anything, but I thought perhaps I should explain. It’s because of the goddamn deer. They’ve been coming down from the hills to graze in my garden. I know […]
Artichokes are nature’s way of saying, “You should eat more garlic butter.” The leaves (actually ‘bracts’) are perfect little biodegradable single-use spoons, ideal for scooping up artery-clogging sauces and dips. Unfortunately, artichokes are also much beloved by ants and aphids. And while such critters plague other crops, you can’t just use the hose to blast them […]