Whipscorpions, also known as Vinegarrons (because they release an odor when they are threatened that smells like vinegar) are arachnids which are related to spiders and scorpions. They are non-poisonous and eat their share of insects, millipedes and worms. They prefer the shelter of rocks, rotting logs and leaf debris and are [...]
If you want an amazing jungle experience you must traverse the swing bridge high above the mighty Rio de Sarapiqui at the La Selva biological reserve 2 hours north of San Jose, Costa Rica. It tops a whopping 60 feet above the river, if it is tame. In recent floods, it has [...]
This was a fun lecture on composting and organic gardening. Thanks to those who came out in the heat of the day. Click onto www.projectgreenscaping.com for the next lecture summer series. Until then, remember our local water restrictions and try to remind your gardener to sweep instead of hosing down the sidewalks and [...]
I have grown 5 different types of peppers in my garden. The hottest of these may surprise you. Pepper “hotness” is measured by the Scoville scale which is defined as the amount of capsaicin (a chemical) present in its flesh. Extracts from the pepper are taken and diluted into sugar [...]
Some one put a rather large Hercules beetle on my back while having breakfast in the chow hall during my last visit to Costa Rica. This beetle was the size of my fist and was making her way up to my neck, before she was removed….and set outside on her merry way back [...]
Many insect and animal species blend into this green world….however, to the scrutinizing eye, their world is revealed. Green is everywhere in the rainforest!
Photo credit: Mike Brown
La Selva and Palo Verde Biological stations Costa Rica.
Top right – juvenile tee boa in Guanacaste. Middle – a brown vine snake eating a “happy meal”. Bottom – curious green vine snake checking me out!
Photo credit: Mike Brown in Costa Rica
My summer gardening workshop series this weekend will be in Burbank at Jackalope, one of L.A.’s largest garden centers with a vast inventory selection of pottery and fountains. The garden lecture will be on Composting and Organic gardening…the class coincides with Jackalope’s annual summer sale on selected urns, pottery and fountains. [...]
So, we are in the middle of the “dry” season here in California. Because of the lack of rain, much of the state literally dries up and turns golden brown as the vegetation dies back until the next round of seasonal rain. The Los Angeles area witnessed over 30 inches of [...]