The lizard, not me. And while this lucertola, the common italian lizard, is definitely heavy with reptile eggs, I hope she finds a safe place to hide them and herself before Maddie figures out that it only takes one leap across the tulip bed to catch Mrs. Lucertola. I wouldn't want to be witness to that massacre.
The garden has been taking shape with the proud addition of zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, watermelon, hot peppers and squash seedlings into the ground. Protective hail netting has been set in place. So far, so good. I've also been battling the slugs (read: killing) before they even get to be more than 3/4-inch in length. This early intervention has made it psychologically easier because there is nothing more disgusting than having to deal with, and dispose of, adult-size slugs. The ants and aphids have been put into their place as we have reduced their efforts and numbers with boric acid solutions, sticky fly tape around the fruit tree trunks and pyrethrum spray to nab the survivors. We felt comfortable in using the latter because it is a natural insecticide. Now all that's left to worry about are the thievin' birds.
Average daytime temperature: 20°C / 68°F