Our hens are giving us NO eggs lately but I discovered one of them nestled in the weeds on a well-concealed nest behind the garden mid-day and was sure I’d find at least one egg there later in the evening. Nope. So I stopped by the hidden nest the next morning after the hens had been out an hour or two, just to see if maybe I could snag a warm, fresh egg. And now I know what’s happening to our free-range eggs lately: …

Egg-Suckin’ Snake in the Grass Read more »

I make a quick run out to the garden shed to drop off some empty planting flats, and had one of those reptile-induced oh-crap rushes just before I put the flats down on top of this 4+ foot king snake. He was cooperative enough to stay in place while I ran back the house for my camera. He’s welcome to all the rodents and Phoebes he can eat, but it would be nice if he’d let me know he’s coming so I don’t embarrass …

Surprise Visitor: Kingsnake on the Potting Shelf Read more »