Monday, November 22, 2010


Where are all the little useful insects now?

All those little creatures, which gave life to the garden in the summer time, have disappeared  now. The garden is quiet. What became of those useful little animals, which are indispensable in a summer garden?

Not long ago the ladybird went  to its winter-rest. Before that it was busy eating lots of lice to fill up the fat deposits. Ladybirds overwinter in cracks and chinks. All overwintering ladybirds are young, grown specimen.  

Queen wasp

A wasp is really an annoying beast in the summer season, but it is actually very useful in summer, where it is eating large numbers of flies and damaging larvas. All the wasps are dead now, except a new generation of fertilized queens, which overwinter in cracks and chinks in shielded spots.

Earth worm
The most important staff member in the garden, the earthworm, has moved down into the ground to overwinter. The large specimen can be active in the winter, while the small earth worms have made a little lair with walls covered in slime, and here it lies rolled up in its winter sleep.

 A Hiding Place in Winter
It is a good idea to make some hiding places for the little animals, like leaving the withered tops from the herbaceous border, heaps of withered branches  and raking the dead leaves and spread them between the bushes in the garden.

Source: Magazine "Søndag", Nr. 47/2010, Grønne Råd, Susie Helsing Nielsen.

photo: gb


Teresa Evangeline said...

I'm so glad you helped me to look closer at the changes life goes through at that level. I have a brush pile on the edge of my property for small animals and even perhaps a birth place for fawns in the spring. I cut back much of my perennial beds, but left the back bed and now I won't feel guilty, but glad...another perspective that opens up possibilities to me for next year. I hope you have a good week, Grethe!

Wanda..... said...

We make large brush and compost piles for winter protection of the birds and small animals. I remember reading how worms go deep into the earth during was surprising how deep they they could travel!

Thyra said...

Hej Teresa! Do you have deer coming into your garden, that's great. I've got no garden anymore, but I like to look at the various villa gardens on my daily walks.

Hej Wanda! It is so wonderful to think about those little animals. They know how to hide and take care in winter. The garden feels almost dead, but it isn't.

It takes a lot of time and physical strength to have a garden. I remember! But there is something very rewarding about it.
I remember that too.
Grethe ´)