While I know these creatures are not insects, they are one of my favorite beneficial creatures in the garden. Over the winter months, I end up missing the crooning of these little guys. But quickly, as spring wakes the sleeping plants, animals and insects, we are back to our froggy musicians once again.
I’ve found that with the greenhouse, we have a few little green friends that don’t get tired during the winter months. In fact, it has been a pleasure to hear them vocalize their presence, when we are usually yearning to hear their voices. They have kept the bad creatures at bay…and have enjoyed awaiting the offspring of the Praying Mantids from their egg casing. It’s almost as if they know what will happen if the Mantids are allowed to mature. There really is a lot to be said about instinct and how it plays a roll in creature’s every day behavior.
This past week, I was outside transplanting tomatoes, when I noticed a couple of trays had filled with water, from our downpours of rain. I began dumping the water out to put the trays up for next season’s planting, when I noticed batches of spotted jelly that were stuck to the bottoms. That’s right, I now have tad poles in my trays, so I’ll need to keep them full of water and hope that they will eat the mosquito larva that inhabit the same trays.
As for the greenhouse, it is crawling with frogs. They are in every corner, crack, crevice and tray left on my shelves. But I will give them this, I can safely place my hand under the shelves without fear of finding some vicious biting bug. They are a bit behind on the aphids, but other pests are under control. Frogs are only one variety of amphibians that really should be taken seriously. Newts and Salamanders are also beneficial for your yard and garden, though they are usually in more moist areas.
Some folks don’t like frogs, but I have to say, I welcome them with an open greenhouse. You may notice a dwindling affect on the frogs in your area. This is due to the fact that they are an indicator species, which means they are the first to show signs of decline due to contamination, disease or any other form of environmental change including, but not limited to, loss of ponds and wetlands. Being their skin is permeable, changes in the environment affect them at a staggeringly high rate of speed. It’s really time to go GREEN and I mean environmentally as well as Frogly. Welcome those little guys in your yard and stop using petro-chemical fertilizers and toxic weed killers and bug sprays. I would seriously suggest that note be taken on trying to protect your little green friends. It could be you that dwindles next.
The below pictures were taken today (all but the Dahlia) in my greenhouse, in about 10 minutes.