alpine flowers at Grey Rock

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Spider wars

It may be hard to see, but this is a picture of a Daddy Long Legs spider sucking the life out of a wolf spider about 5 times its size.  Amazing.  That is why if you have Daddy Long Leg spiders around you are not supposed to have trouble with Black Widows.  Good to know, though I am not a huge fan of any of them.

Friday, August 5, 2011


It is hard to have sunflowers around and not be happy.  Just looking at them brings a smile across my face.  I love them.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Stirrup Hoe

I am loving my new stirrup hoe.  The u-shaped metal blade undercuts the roots of weeds as quickly as you can sweep it along on the ground. I like the smaller circle hoe for between things, but when you are trying to make progress on larger areas of weeds, this tool "gets 'er dun".

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Diatomaceous Earth

The powdered silica of old sea basin critters contains their fossils which are pokie when viewed under a microscope.  When plants are lightly dusted or D.E. is applied with a wetting solution, the bodies of most insects are punctured.  Other than not breathing the dust, it is safe and effective for many insects.  Here on these Napa cabbages,(a little heavy on the dusting) I am dealing with earwigs.  On the strawberries, it was slugs.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Water Lilies

The Water Lilies have opened and closed about 4 times today.  They slowly unfold when the sun is out and close up tight when the clouds come back in and at night.  If I had a time release camera set up, I could offer a great video.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Bug Love

Not sure who these bugs are, but hate to interrupt.

Monday, April 25, 2011