The Tiny Yellow Land Snail and Shell

If you need more reasons than the obvious to grow vegetables organically, take a close look at the dirt in the garden bed.  As I was out taking photos of the numerous mushrooms growing all over the garden, I saw an interesting, elongated shell.  It looked like a mini version of the auger seashells I’ve…

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Eggs, Larvae and Worms

Finding the Swallowtail butterfly in it’s life stages in my garden

Cut Worms, Pill Bugs and Squash Vine Borers Invade My Space

My little garden has been growing like mad, but now the cut worms and other creatures are making a mess of it. Cut Worms I’ve seen black worms eating leaves, and they are not picky which plant they attack. These are the cutworms – pictures below. Cutworms can also nip a new seedling at the…

Pepper Plant Beasts Among the Greenery

One of my favorite garden plants is the bell pepper I planted over a year ago. Apparently here in Florida vegetable plants just go on and on. The pepper survived some pretty cold nights (below freezing temps) over the winter, and has come back stronger than ever. Besides giving me some nice juicy peppers to…

Giant Whiteflies Leave Long White Fur on Hibiscus Leaves

After writing a recent post about finding aphids on my pepper plant, I realized that I need to be vigilant about accidentally removing ladybug larvae and eggs.  One plant that is sure to have aphids in the hibiscus.  It is not unusual to find them all over the buds and new growth. I haven’t paid…

Getting Birds to Come to The Backyard

Wildlife is abundant in Florida.  Birds are everywhere so getting them to come to the backyard is not difficult.  They enjoy the same things here as they did when I lived in the North.  If you’d like them to visit regularly, give them a proper welcome. They need food, water, trees and places to land…

Non-Producing Vegetable Plants Can Still Serve a Purpose

In the heat of the Florida summer months, I have done little gardening. But the plants I began growing in Spring, are continuing to grow. Even though I am not getting much, if any, produce from them, they serve a purpose. They can be food for worms; give bugs a place to crawl, which in…