Counting Life Forms in the Garden
July 24, 2011 1:50am CST
I have a very small garden, scarcely 5 square meters. Yet there are many wild life residing in the soil and among plants. I have observed 3 kinds of gecko, 4 kinds of ants, 1 kind of earthworm, 2 kinds of millipede, 2 kinds of centipede, a frog, 4 kinds of butterfly (they just visit), 3 kinds of birds, 3 kinds of bees, 3 bats, a Praying Mantis, and 2 kinds of spiders. Plants consist of Papaya (Carica Papaya, which I have to transplant and control), Pandan (Pandanus Odoratissimus), Laurel (Laurus Nobilis), Kamunggay (Moringa Oleifera), Nangka (Artocarpus Heterophyllus), Lagundi (Vitex Negundo), Aloe Vera, Pamienta (Piper Nigrum), Kamote (Ipomoea Batatas), Alugbati (Basella Rubra) and Swangga (Impatiens Balsamina). Overshadowing all is the Mansanitas tree (Muntingia Calabura). How about you, can you try to count the plant and animal life in your garden, if you have any?
• United States
31 Jul 11
Sadly, I do not live in a garden. I live in a second story apartment (or flat) with a wood balcony with nothing on it. There is nothing around the apartment but other apartments and cement.
1 Aug 11
Herb pots will be a good conversation piece, and confers beauty and character to a room. It's also an invisible way of aroma therapy. But the potted soil has to drain well. Tarragon, thyme, savory, and sage will be a good combination of potted herbs. As ingredients, they also make your food delicious.
24 Jul 11
You are right, Friend Frontvisions101. I just actually observe them by sight or if they happen to come out when I dig the soil to put in new plants. I know there are still many other life forms underneath the soil but I just leave them undisturbed.
• Mangalore, India
7 Aug 11
Hi RB, you are very observant and also interested in nature.There is such a variety of life out there co existing with us, most of the time not disturbing us unless they feel threatened by us !I have a fairly large garden that has 3 mango trees,3 coconut trees, one jack fruit tree,one custard apple tree,2 papaya plants,one banana plant,one neem tree and scores of other plants both flowering and others and nearly 800 flower pots with different plants in them.We have many varieties of frogs,several types of creepy crawlies that suddenly spring out and shock you.There many birds nesting in the trees and I dont need an alarm in the morning to wake me since there is a riot out there.We also have many butterflies, a few bats,rats,bandicoots that keep destroying many of my plants when it is looking for food.We also have a family of rat snakes.They too shock us all by appearing suddenly...Sometime back we also had a huge Python taking a stroll in my garden - thankfully it was taken away by the forest department authorities and is in the snake park now...
24 Jul 11
Its good for you to have a garden. I am also planning to plant some vegetable here in our place. I am planning to plant bittergaurd, parsley, garlic and if possible I will also grow tomatoes. I think its a good way of deducting something on my grocery list at the same time eating organic vegies.
24 Jul 11
Yes, budget reduction and great, healthy eating. Even if you exert physical labor initially, once the plants are well established, gardening will become very relaxing. How about adding okra? Okra does not need much care and you harvest every 3rd day or so once it bears fruit. You can also eat it simply boiled.