I would like to make an announcement to all the creepy, crawly, slippery, vegetable sucking and munching critters out there:
This is MY garden,
I am at the TOP of the FOOD CHAIN...
so bug off!
Not for one second do I think they will take any notice, but it makes me feel better having stated it. All the lovely rain we have had, after ten years of drought, has provided lush conditions for all sorts of beasties. The snails look like they have been on steroids and as soon as there is one drop of rain they are out in their hundreds (no exageration).
I am sure you will agree they are quite photogenic though. This lot were collected from the broad beans. I think there are as many snails as leaves. I fed them to the chooks...they love them. *Devilish laugh* Unfortunately I have banned the chickens from the garden until the seedlings are more robust, so they can't go snail hunting themselves.
I have another confession to make...I am using snail bait. So much for 'organic' gardening. I did consider some of that adhesive copper tape that gives snails and slugs a little electric shock when they touch it. However it is very expensive for someone like me with lots of garden space. I will keep investigating alternatives.
The dead snails aren't wasted though. They become part of the food chain too. If you look closely at the photo above, you will see maggots eating some baited snails. They were fat healthy maggots obviously not affected by their snail baited menu.
What about this fellow...I wouldn't want his shoe bill.
I didn't have chickens last Summer. I wonder if they will like these guys?
Now, here is something
that really sends shudders down my spine!
The last three nights have seen the termites swarming. This isn't a very good photo, however, you can tell what it is. This is on the top of a stump in the veggie garden. The termite disappeared into the crack. She will be looking for somewhere to establish a colony.
These aren't the nice termites that build mud nests and eat grass. They are the evil ones who live in the core of gum trees and eat buildings.
One of my sisters had a quite a big problem with them in her house and the last school I taught at was just about devoured by them.
I will be watching carefully for any signs of infestation in the house.
And finally, when I drove home from visiting my old mum this afternoon I ended up with lots of squished bugs on the windscreen. At the same time I was hearing on the radio that the locusts, we have been expecting, have arrived in the suburbs of Melbourne. Hope they keep away from my veggies.
Who would want to be a real farmer?
Ten years of drought.
Now plague locusts!