This Cute Raccoon Is Stealing Our Cat Food!

I was out on the back deck reading after dinner when Tom poked his head out the door, looked past me towards the steps, and laughed, saying “Who’s your friend?” We quickly realized that this was the raccoon we’ve seen hanging around our yard recently. Claire and I had spotted …

Sundews: The Best Carnivorous Plant for Catching Fruit Flies

My husband Tom (who normally blogs at Bikejuju) continues our carnivorous plant adventures: Lyanda recently described our semi-tongue-in-cheek experiments with using a Venus fly trap to catch fruit flies. As at least one commenter rightly pointed out, however, sundews (plants in the Drosera family) are much more suited to the …

Carnivorous Plant Fruit Fly Remedy (and Other Fruit Fly Control Ideas)

With the harvest season upon us, and bowls of plums, tomatoes, and apples crowding the counters, fruit flies are proliferating madly.  Some things, like tomatoes, just can’t go in the fridge without altering their flavor, and ferment more quickly when covered.  But if even one skin breaks, the flies descend! …