We found this beautiful beetle outside today. It eats caterpillars, mostly tent caterpillars, which I dislike.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Lined snakes and Midland Browns are secretive snakes that live underground. We know all of their favorite places though and can find them easily.
75% of the midland brown's diet is slugs and 25% is earthworms. Almost 100% of the lined snakes diet is earthworms.
Jasper has adopted a midland brown that he named Eckens. Last night, Jasper fed him 8 slugs by hand. He got quite plump. When he eats worms, it is like watching Avery suck up a spaghetti noodle.
We are harvesting strawberries now and the hugelkultur beds seem fine for them.
But not for the asparagus. So sad...this is my second year planting. I planted some asparagus in regular dirt for a control and it came up fine. So there's my disappointing experiment.
I think the hugelkultur beds are best used for annuals until the wood starts to break down, which is already happening.
The peas, beans, cucumbers, and melons did great in the beds last year. And planting something that puts nitrogen back into the soil helps, since during decomposition the wood needs nitrogen to break down.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
We have been to the Myron and Sonya Glassberg Conservation Area several times this month. It is only about an hour away and near LaBarque, another place we enjoy hiking.
Sunny Glassberg is also the woman responsible for Turtle Park, which is across from our old house.
I think that's an interesting tidbit. I am thankful for rich and generous people.
|Take a picture of him!|
|Isn't he cute?|
|I love him!|
|Northern Water Snake|
|Field of Sweet William|
I just downloaded the pictures from my camera. It has been a while!
Sometime in the fall, which was 2014, we had the opportunity to sing at Farley's Music Hall in Elsah, which is a small village up and across the river in Illinois.
Farley's Music Hall was built in 1885 and was recently restored. It was a fantastic place to sing.
On our way home, we stopped by Confluence State Park. This is where the Mighty Missouri river joins the Mightier Mississippi. It is also where Lewis and Clark began their journey west.
It was eerie making our way down the trail in the dusky light. But worth it.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Instead of making a decision in the Michael Brown case Bob McCulloch deflected responsibility. The entire St Louis region is still suffering because of this.
Yesterday, 2 men stood on the corner near our home with signs announcing St Louis riots were coming soon and we are on the brink of a civil war. Nooses hung from the signs. The men were wearing masks.
Thank goodness for Marilyn Mosby. We all need this right now.