Garden Pests

Dozens of Vampires in Broad Daylight

If  a mosquito has a soul, it is mostly evil. So I don't have too many qualms about  putting a mosquito out of its misery. I'm a little more respectful of  ants. Douglas  Hofstadter The day that followed Post-typhoon warnings began with sunny skies as is often the case. My plants were tucked away in the… Continue reading Dozens of Vampires in Broad Daylight

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First a Birder, Now a Bugger

I wanted to know the name of every stone and flower and insect and bird and beast. I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life - but there was no one to tell me. George Washington Carver I can second Mr. Carver's sentiments. Like Carver, I have a love… Continue reading First a Birder, Now a Bugger

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The Very Hungry Caterpillars

"In nature a repulsive caterpillar turns into a lovely butterfly.   But with humans it is the other way around:  a lovely butterfly turns into a repulsive caterpillar." -Chekhov It all started with thin webbing appearing my okra, the irrational bolting of my basil, and then thin webbing on my basil. At first glance, it was obvious… Continue reading The Very Hungry Caterpillars

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Odorous, in a Good Way

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed. -Walt Whitman I have been having a problem with mosquitoes congregating near my front door and was looking for ways to deter them. Plus, I wanted a plant in my entry way to make it more welcoming. Finally, the solution came to… Continue reading Odorous, in a Good Way

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Friend or Foe? Stay off the Poblano!

Heat  not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe yourself. -William Shakespeare Yesterday, in the Garden I finally decided to transplant my Poblano Seedlings into the grow box. I waited a long time to plant them due to my looming fears that the tiny tender seedlings would be devoured in one night by a slug,… Continue reading Friend or Foe? Stay off the Poblano!