fall-ebration: gardening

October 12, 2009

We harvested the last of our tomatoes, uprooted plants that are done for the season, and got the ground ready for the next season’s seeds. We all absolutely love gardening though it is all still very new to us and we have a lot more to learn. It is also very cool that Brave and True get really involved and aren’t afraid to get dirty. Our girls are pros at balancing their wheelbarrows too! Thus, we enjoyed a Saturday of smelling new dirt and digging. I really love the smell of the soil. It smells kinda like rain. We still have a long way to go, but we can’t wait to reap the new harvest in a few months.
their three wheelbarrowsthe three amigosour raised bedsworking hardhi baby and gardening shoesthe last of the tomatoesgrubs anyone?
Amidst our readying the soil, we found lots of these creepy, slimy things. We kinda freaked out (we are new to this stuff) and thinking they were bad, we (okay, Ben) went through the soil looking for all of them to toss. They were found near the roots and there were tons!!! Now, we learn after visiting a nursery that they are called grubs and okay for the garden. I guess they just turn into beetles of sorts. Can anyone confirm that? Are those scary looking bugs really alright for our garden?
I love this gardening stuff, but I’m not quite used to the bugs. Hornworms I can deal with, but these things give me the heebie jeebies!!!
I am also getting ready for a shop update at the end of this week. It will be some more cameos and fall hair clips. I want to get at least one shop update each week until I go on my little hiatus to rest before baby. I am thinking of closing the shop beginning-mid November and won’t be open again probably until February, so if you need something for Christmas, you better let me know now!
Happy Monday!!!

24 comments on “fall-ebration: gardening”

  • melindakimbo says:

    those bugs look absolutely disgusting

  • I do believe those grubs are the beginnings of potato bugs. I could be wrong.
    Absolutely love the photo of your belly and shoes! Priceless.

  • boots says:

    i don't know but i always pick them out and get rid of those suckers, i know they are not good for grass so i assumed they were no good for my planties either. I cant believe how cute the baby wheel barrels are. you must share where you found them!

  • Susan says:

    If they are too numerous, then they are bad. Very, very bad. They can wipe out your entire garden.

    Eeew. They give me more than the heebie jeebies!


    Your girls are so adorable. This looks like so much fun.

  • Rachael says:

    get rid of the grubs! Especially if they're the kind that turn into white moths…those kind will sever your plants at the base and kill everything.

  • Ellen says:

    bugs!! ewww…

    the picture of your belly is so adorable.

    Happy Monday!!!

  • When I was a kid, we had grubs in our grass. They ate the roots and killed the grass. You could literally roll the grass off the dirt like sod (which it was not). We had to replant the whole yard. I kill them now when I see them.

  • Amy J says:

    I love the belly shot,too! Been there!!!

  • Katy says:

    No – grubs are not ok for your garden!!! Earth worms – yes, but not grubs!

    Love the little wheelbarrows – so cute!

  • Julia says:


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  • Laura says:

    Yes, Grubs are bad! They will kill your plants and occasionally eat your produce!

  • Irene Cho says:

    those grubs make me feel creepy…

  • Rubyellen says:

    irene- they make me feel creepy too!!! i haven't seen you in forever!!!

    thank you everyone for the grub advice. i guess the ecologist at the nursery was wrong as after you all telling me they were bad, sure enough, i looked online and they are so bad!!! Now we just have to figure an organic way to rid of them. any suggestions?

  • joyfulgirl says:

    hi there,

    i have been checking in on your site for a little while now and wanted to warn you about those nasty little buggers. i have always called them cutworms and i have read a couple of recommendations on keeping them away from your plants. 1) diatomaceous earth (dries them up…dead) which is organic/environmentally friendly 2) place aluminum cans (open on each end) around base of new plants half in & half out of dirt. hope that helps. love your posts and your creative spirit.

  • Laura says:

    we like to save the grubs we find. My husband lightly fries them in extra virgin olive oil and garlic, and with a little squirt of lemon, parsley and coarse salt, honestly, they are really really good. They taste like chicken. But better.

    and of course, I am totally joking. They are the worst thing I have ever seen.

  • Darling, darling wheelbarrows! These pictures are so fun to see!

  • ewww the grubs look SICKK

  • grubs are what MOLES eat!! there is grub killer at your local garden center – they are NO GOOD!!

  • Rubyellen says:

    keep the grub advice coming!!!

    and the wheelbarrows that the girls have are from the flea market. they were such good finds!!!

  • Becky says:

    Eeew, those grubs are nasty looking. These are the things that gophers have apparently been looking for under our grass. Grubs = gophers digging all through my backyard = grubs are bad in my book!

  • thelinencat says:

    love your blog, just come here for the first time. the grubs look like chafer grubs to me, loads of info if you google it. they are a bit nasty and do a lot of damage to lawns, if no lawn available they much any root they can find. we have then in our garden and they leave yellow dead grass patches but the raised veg beds seem ok. you can use nematodes on them if you want to be green or keep digging the soil over as birds eat the grubs. good luck!

  • Sharon says:

    Love the photo of your tummy and feet! It's wonderful.

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