"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Intruder Alert: Have You Checked the Sprouts Lately?

  Remember the 2006 thriller, When A Stranger Calls, the scene where the sweet, unsuspecting babysitter is being terrorized by an unidentified caller only to discover that the harrassing calls are being made from inside the house.... (view the above clip for a refresher)

That is exactly what's happening with my sunflower sprouts.

In spite of creating lovely upcycled greenhouse condos for each of them, then gently covering the whole case at night - in the morning the little green leaves have been ravaged. 
  The assault is an inside job.
I am not preventing the invasion, I am actually trapping the intruders inside...oh, the horror.
Fellow blogger and garden enthusiast, Rita C. at Panoply suggested I sprinkle a little red pepper on the soil, I am going to try that before resorting to a commercial repellant.

Meanwhile, although some leaves are being feasted upon, the remaining plants are thriving within their little greenhouse shelters. The coverage is keeping the moisture inside and clearly providing a happy space for them--and of course, the dreaded bugs. But we shall persevere.
 Have you checked the sprouts lately...
 (Do you think those little black specks are the culprit? Could they possibly be eating those giant holes?)


  1. Bonnie, oh yes, indeed, those black specs are your culprits! They appear to be spider mites and you'll need an insecticidal soap to rid them. You can check Pinterest for home recipes, or buy one ready-made. I thought they were outdoors with a varmint feeding off of them when I earlier suggested red pepper. If you Google black spider mites on plants you can read more. Good luck!

  2. Hi Bonnie. I work for a gardening company and was hoping to get a contact email from you so we can see if you would be interested in one of our upcoming campaigns. I can't seem to find a way to contact you. If you could email me gemman@primrose.co.uk that would be amazing :)

    - Gemma


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