It’s that time again! 


Two days ago, our Snake beans were right as rain. I went out this morning and they were full of holes! The culprit? These little green looper caterpillars. I don’t know their real name, I’ve heard many, usually associated with swearing. I’m lucky that the crop is young, so I can get on top of…

Mamma bird is back


Mother Blackbird had so much success raising her first batch of babies by our front door that she’s laid a second batch. It’s really encouraging when critters feel safe enough in our garden to raise families.  There was a lot of conflict with blackbirds at first, but we’ve fortified everything and sometimes leave mealworms and…

Mealworm Madness almost summer update


I haven’t posted anything about the mealworms of late, they’ve been pretty slow with the cold weather. Today’s cleanup showed lots of pupae. The larvae have decided to grow up and have entered into the intermediate stage between childhood and adulthood. Along the same lines, lots of beetles have completed their life cycles and have…

Top Predator


It’s good to see a predator in the garden! Predstors such as this centipede indicate that there’s a good population of things for it to eat. That means bugs and often the very bugs that eat your veggies! So if you see one of these fellas when you move something or dig in the mulch,…

Behemoth beetles


I found a few of these critters when I was cleaning out the chook run today. I reckon its always good to find new species here and there. Diversity is resilience and I hope these are adding an extra bit to the decomposition process. I tried feeding the beetles to the girls, but they ran…