Category: The Art & Anecdotes of Cheryl Baker

Cheryl realized early on in life that she sees more around her than anyone else she knew. Her world looks as though a veil was pulled away, revealing a hidden truth about animals which has been kept from humans for centuries. Her posts invite you to experience her world and adventures where animals not only speak and invent, but whose lives are no longer confined to fairytales. When she’s not gardening outside her cottage or painting her friends, Cheryl can be found sipping tea with Miss Tittles and spotting fairies around the flowerbeds.

Vegetable Garden Nemesis

vegetable gardenWait. What?

If memories of your last vegetable garden make you cringe in frustration from the beastly bugs that devoured your hard work, there may be more than what meets the eye! Like many gardeners, you have scoured through countless articles searching in vain for ways to keep your plants in tip top shape without the use of pesticides. Alas, your annoyance grows when it seems like your efforts backfire and you are the laughing stock of the arthropods. Mehrr!

Let me share with you a little secret that only a few humans know about. Indeed, a garden does attract a few pests now and then but if you find your vegetable garden the center of a war zone, there stands a good chance that a Soil Specter has staked a claim on your green oasis.

Vegetable Garden

A quick sketch of this foul pest that I briefly spotted at my favorite park. I assume looking for his next target to spread garden mischief!

These are nasty little buggers that seem to take special delight in being a pain in the rumpus to humans. Their scent attracts the likes of slugs, spider mites, caterpillars and practically any vegetable bug in search of a good meal. I’m not talking about a few nuisances. Times that by a gazillion and you have real problems on your hands.

Oh, and no use looking for these shadowy villains either. They will only show themselves if they want to.

Before you throw your arms up in despair and march off to grab a bucket of chemicals to douse on your precious food, there is a solution that will give these Soil Specters a taste of their own medicine!

Specters. It’s What’s for Dinner.

Before you plant your first seed in your vegetable garden, consider dedicating a small patch to these beauties:

  • Pansies
  • Peony
  • Poppies
  • Thyme
  • Rose
  • Heather
  • Snapdragons
  • Tulips

A few sprouting buds will most definitely lure 2-3 fairies into your vegetable garden. Take it a step further and add a fairy themed garden statue or a fairy house will surely make word spread amongst the winged folk. Before long, you will have an invisible party of fae folk fluttering about.

“And exactly how will this help ward off the Soil Specters?” you ask.

It turns out that fairies absolutely LOVE to devour this nemesis.  They are a delicacy to dine on. And they tell me that it tastes similar to what humans call “soy sauce.” Hmm. Who’d have thunk it?

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