Thursday, June 5, 2008


Red-sided-garter snake
Originally uploaded by dreamdress2
I do not like spiders and snakes,,,and Thank Goodness, in my garden I don’t run across any..we did have snakes,,baby water moccasins, in our yard one time, after it flooded. I don’t know what my DH did with them and I don’t want to know.
I had one experience with spiders in our yard a few years ago,,,I overturned a small can to pour out the water so we wouldn’t get mosquitoes and there was a black widow spider. I just put the can back down on her or him, and ran..I avoided that spot for years…LOL… The pic above is of a garter snake. Garter snakes are considered harmless, and only in extreme cases do they strike at humans. If you tread lightly and move slowly, you can literally get within inches of one for a picture.
Well, that is what they say....but if I see one in my garden,,,don't call me for me to take a picture...cause I'll be gone....


Sinfonian said...

Hehe Garter Snakes, or Gardener Snakes as my folks called them, are GREAT for the garden. They eat bugs and only would bite a human if severely threatened without any possiblity of escape. That said if I'm surprised by one I'll scream like a child.

Thanks for your post on my site. Sorry to see I'm not the only one with the larva problem. I totally agree that I want to avoid chemicals and pesticides. My kids are 4 and 2 and "help" me garden, so chemicals are out.

Apparently what I'm using is 100% natural and not a chemical or pesticide. It's bug parasites that grow inside them and kill them. Slow but effective. And you can harvest a day after application, which is good because I'm harvesting greens left and right these days.

I'm not sure my plants could be called certified organic but they'll be good enough for my family. BT or Spinosad are to treat what I've got (and the package says it works on my leaf miners as well, bonus!). Good luck!

Eve said...

I read somewhere that if they seem to prefer one plant to just use it as a trap plant and it might keep them away from the others. It seems to be working. At least for now anyway.