Found this little guy in my compost pile while I was amending the soil in my garden beds this morning.

toad visitor

Who knew toads liked to hide in compost piles? Worms and bugs, yes. Toads? I thought they hid in dark, wet places–not dark, wet AND covered with leaves and dirt!! Who knew?

Usually, I run into these guys and must dispatch quickly!

hornworm beast in action

I’m trying to grow tomatoes and hornworms can devour an entire plant in one afternoon. UGH. We gardeners must remain vigilant!