January 15, 2021

Harlequin Bugs on my Broccoli

I had Harlequin Bugs on my broccoli in the back yard. I’d never seen those before. They weren’t on all the plants, just the ones that didn’t look like they were doing well. Were they stressed before or after the bugs paid a visit? I’ll say they were stressed before the bugs. I cut them …

Ladybug Fun for Aphid Control on Apple Trees

My Gala and Granny Smith Apple trees were being attacked by aphids a couple of weeks ago. I sprayed them off the leaves with the hose and the ants were really putting up a tough fight, but there were lots of them and the leaves were starting to curl. Since this is the first season …

A Bunny in the Garden

A BUNNY! I found a bunny in my garden this morning when I let Kylie outside. She did her duty and chased his fluffy butt out, but this is the first time I’ve seen one in Beachwood. Somebody’s Easter present got loose! It was pretty big and chunky looking, but boy was he fast. Maybe …

My Kids Love Moles… I Mean Poison Shrews

Ugh, I found a mole while forking through my compost tonight. At least I THINK it’s a mole.  It had more like mouse hands, but kind of a moley looking head. I don’t know. Two years ago I found a couple of them hiding at the bottom of my compost, but I hadn’t seen them …

Mouse in the Greenhouse!

At least I think that’s what it is. I’ve been dragging the greenhouse into the garage at night and then right outside the door here in the mornings. My greenhouse isn’t heated, so I’m afraid to leave it out at night this early in spring. The sides don’t zip all the way down, but I’m …