Over the past couple of days I’ve been doing more maintentance work on the garden than starting anything new (apart from the vegetable patch). I’ve repotted some of my container plants and weeded some of the beds. One thing that I’ve noticed recently is the number of earwigs that I come across. I hate the creatures! I’ve always been told that they would find their way into my head through my ear and eat whatever is left of my small brain. This of course is a myth (I found that out tonight!) and are perfectly harmless creatures. The BBC has an interesting fact sheet about these insects.
A couple of places that I’ve found them; inside old compost, under dead and decaying plant leaves, under rocks. It must be breading season though as most of the time that I find them it’s accidental and usually results in dozens of the little creatures scattering for cover.
I’m wondering though as I’ve not seen them in the garden before if the health of my garden is beginning to improve with the introduction of new plant varieties and habitats. The log pile seems to be a haven for small spiders, the wild flower meadow seems to attract a lot of bees and other polinating insects and the broad beans that I have growing have small amounts of greenfly on them (which I am leaving for now as they provide food for the wasps, lady birds and ants and haven’t got out of control yet). I’m not really keen on using any sort of insecticide in my garden especially chemical and am hoping that I can form some sort of ecosystem within the confines of the garden walls that will keep things under control.
The only direct action I have taken against creatures in my garden is moving some snails and slugs from my plants to other locations away from anything that I don’t want eaten. I’ve noticed some massive snails recently crawling along the garden walls. Summer has been exceptionally wet this year and I think this might have something to do with the increase in insect activity. The vegetation is definitely lush and must be providing plenty of food and shelter.