Indoor and Outdoor Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.
I caught a Stink Bug in my indoor herb garden. I’ve read that they are vegetarians. Then a black crow just beyond my patio was acting as the lookout while his/her partner in crime raided the bird feeder.
I noticed a hairy spider while checking the hydroponic herb garden. I hope it goes after the tiny bugs nibbling on my basil leaves. I am not sure if the tiny bugs are nymph forms of the stink bug or something else. I also got a shot of the small pink flower on the cactus.
The herb plants (basil, thyme, parsley, dill, mint) in the hydroponic garden are all bigger. I added about 2 liters of water and 8 mL of the nutrient solution to each garden after returning from Florida. I noticed some small black dots on the bottom of the basil leaves. Looking closer through a macro lens, the dots are tiny bugs. One type looks like nymph versions of Stink Bugs and another type looks like Aphids.
In addition to all of the crickets making noise outside, I heard one in the house last night. When I woke up this morning, I found Jiminy in the laundry room. He stayed still long enough for me to grab a camera with a macro lens. Afterwards, I helped him find his way back outside to be with his friends.
It rained most of the morning, so I wasn’t able to get out until the afternoon to check out the garden towers on the patio. Between the timed sprinklers and all of the rain while I was in Germany, most of the plants survived. Indeed lots of invasive weeds and vines. I was able to pick the ripe Italian and Cherry tomatoes. I had to discard a bunch of the tomatoes that had rotted. There were some giant cucumbers that I missed before traveling. A number of the hot peppers turned red, so I also picked them. There were flowers blooming on the morning-glory vines growing up the trellis on my chimney.