How to Attract Fireflies for Hours of Night Time Fun!

When I was growing up, summer nights were a magical time. We ran free for hours after the sun went down, catching toads and chasing fireflies. While I have figured out how to attract toads to my yard, my backyard is relatively devoid of fireflies. I have been wondering how to attract fireflies to my outdoor space and thought I would share my research. Attracting fireflies is a great way to entertain kids after dark. And adults, too!What are fireflies? Okay, so what are fireflies, exactly? Other than cute little glowing bugs that … [Read more...]

Black Swallowtail Caterpillars and The Sacrificial Parsley

Pest control in the garden is a tough job. How do you find the balance between killing garden pests and letting beneficial insects eat the plants they desperately need for survival. Today I thought I would share with you my story of the sacrificial parsley and Black Swallowtail Caterpillars who call it home!I came back from vacation to discover that my parsley has been taken over by these little critters. Kind of cute, huh? Anyhow, further research has revealed that this is the Black Swallowtail Caterpillar and it REALLY likes parsley! … [Read more...]