While moving the soil from the old raised beds to the new one I found lots of crawly, squirmy things. Most of them were a delight as I knew they were helping break down the soil. One of the biggest was a worm as long as my hand and about 1/4 inch around (half the size of my little finger). Worms are wonderful composters and help break down detritus in the soil.
There were a few things I didn’t like, such as the gnats and mosquitoes that were swarming around. I’m not sure where the gnats came from, but there were a lot of them. Actually, they weren’t really gnats and I should probably spend some time figuring out what they were. The mosquitoes though were just out in full force yesterday and the fact that I was working in the garden was just a coincidence.
There were a handful of another particular grub I found. It was a caterpillar, but I wasn’t sure if it was beneficial or harmful. One was put into a cup to look up and I tossed the rest in the grass for the birds to eat. Before I could pull out the guide to look these up, I came across a post on Root Weevil Larva by My Tiny Plot. The picture was exactly of the grub I found! What a coincidence.
Until I dug up the soil and pulled the ground covering back I had never actually seen these in my yard. I didn’t think we had a grub problem at all. Guess I was wrong and will now be taking steps to do something about them.
Gardening is always such an adventure.