Aug 22, 2015

18 Of Pets And Pest

It has been my morning ritual to walk outside, admire the plants and breathe in fresh sun-blessed air.

Imagine my surprise at seeing several pak choy leaves with chomp marks one day - in both planter box!

"It couldn't be the snails. They're too little. Plus, buddies don't do this to each other!" I was miffed.

I squinted my eyes to look for my friends to see if any one of them had magically grown in size like Alice In Wonderland.

Then, I saw it. Camouflaged in plain sight. I left Mr. Grasshopper where it was. Perhaps it needed some food before it continued on its way. A high-rise apartment isn't exactly 'home' for a hopping free-spirited pest . A couple of days later, it disappeared as mysteriously as it arrived.

Vegetable Grasshopper on my White-Stemmed Pak Choy

I'm glad it wasn't my friends who did this. We have an understanding. I leave them some food and they party all night in this one corner. My pak choy vegetable is left to flourish in peace.

Meet Anna, Beth and Charlie. Dave is somewhere. It seemed fitting to name them since we've become close chatting buddies, even if the conversation is wholly one-sided. I can't tell them apart. I just know that these are my people and we love chilling in each other's company.

My Buddies Having A Feast

18 comments:

  1. You are so nice to your "buddies".

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    1. Well, they haven't done any real damage ...lol! ^.^

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  2. :-))) That's sweet of you, Sharon. Hopefully they didn't destroy every single pak choy.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Angie

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    1. So far, so good ..a leaf or two. That's about it. :D

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  3. Hi Sharon, looks like you and I have the same problem! We have the same "buddies" but there are more in my garden. They include the garden snail & big grasshoppers too! At least they didn't finish your pak choy. My "buddies" almost cleaned up all my newly sprouted choy sum and for the time being, I gave up planting veggie..lol!

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    1. Oh, my... that is an issue! I don't get many 'visitors' this high up. A grasshopper once in a decade. Garden snail? None at all. I guess my vegetables are pretty safe ..lol!

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  4. Whattt!!! I am sorry, I have few of your buddies' relative here at my home, would you mind them home with you ;)

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    1. Lol ...!!! I'm sure they love you more, Ez because I have only a small balcony and some pots of soil to offer them. ;)

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  5. You are a sweetheart! Reading your post made me wonder whether I have that much love to spare...For snails!:)

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    1. Hah! Only because they're not doing much damage to my garden! :D

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  6. well you are kind to them
    I heard some farmers put in some organic enzymes to get rid of the pests
    or if you wanna keep them as pet? xoxo

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    1. I have very few of them, Emily. It's good for now..lol!

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  7. Whoa! modern balcony farmer Sharon!!! your farm got attack by insects. treat it as DONATION!!! learn from 'LEADER' kakakakaka Oh gosh! Im so bad. BUt Sharon I love that pak choy leave look so yummy green.
    http://www.princesscindyrina.com/2015/09/salad-atelier-with-worthy-book-ladies.html

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    1. Kakakaka ...actually, I scaredlah! I'm not going to go outside to shoo it away. Better donate! Haha! *laugh, cry*

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  8. I know how you feel. We've been battling Japanese beetles this year and they destroy everything before you even notice. They are ugly, too!

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    1. I can imagine! On one hand, I dream about living on landed property so that I have more gardening space. On another, it's a blessing to live way up and not have to deal with losing more than a leaf on a vegetable at any one time.

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  9. You're so sweet, Sharon! I can't say the same for me cause I'm allergic to insects! xoxo

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    1. Take care, Shirley! I know someone who is as well and can imagine the inconvenience!

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