I have just found and killed another THREE Redbacks (edited because I just found another one by my back door!).
Yesterday I was picking some strawberries and a long thin black leg popped out and stroked my finger! Talk about having a bloody heart attack!
So armed with my thick gloves and nice long stick I went a redback hunting yet again.
Now for those of you who aren't in Australia, what follows is a picture of a redback;
Image taken from www.nikkish.net/jeff/blogpics I hope that's ok to do!
I am getting very good at 'removing' these spiders now but would love to hear some of your ideas on deterring them. I have three tots here who are into everything in the garden!
Well I have just gone and posted at the Growing Challenge site about which growing zone Wit's End is in. We are in the Australian Temperate Zone (the perfect place for raising redbacks it seems!) and this link shows what I can plant out right now
So far I have planted peanuts, some soybeans, ginger and garlic. Chickpeas will be planted in the next few days.
Building and filling raised beds will be my next goal in the garden. At Wit's End the soil is sand. No matter how much compost, mulch etc into this soil, it turns back to sand in a couple of months. So the answer for me is to have raised beds and to just keep adding to the sand and hope for the best.
The raised beds will have all the usuals vegetables and I hope to add some kohl rabi for the growing challenge. I have never eaten this vegetable but have been inspired by farmgirl Susan to give it a go.