Spring Garden – March ’11

I finally got to the beds in my garden this week for the final turning of the soil. The interns were a big help.  The hen house floor was dug down about 6 inches and the dirt was added to the beds in the garden. Then the soil was turned one last time and it was time...

Juvenile Black Widow Spider

I know there are quite a few out there who don’t like spiders….I can understand why since they’re almost always given a bad rap.  However, I am not one of those people.  I love spiders and have a huge respect for their force in the bug world....

Five-Lined Skink

This weekend was a farm work weekend.  Another friend and I work together on both farms one weekend a month.  On Saturday, we were working on her garden area and when she moved a pedestal from a birdbath…. …this is what we found!  It’s a Five-lined...

The Wheel Bug and the Red Wasp

The other day I was out on my driveway building a gate.  I’d seen this huge Wheel Bug hanging around and was pleased to have the visitor since I now know he’s a beneficial bug.  I thought about taking some pictures but I was pretty focused on the project....

Quick! Get a Jar!

A few weeks ago I was walking with a couple of families on a Homestead Tour here at the farm.  We were headed to the orchard when this wonderful creature was spotted meandering across our driveway.  The families were aware of my love for critters of the insect world...