I recently issued a plea on Facebook to my gardener/farmer friends for suggestions on how to organically control the burgeoning grasshopper population in my garden. I received a few interesting ideas, including: various ways to cook and eat them (not an option as I don’t eat animals); getting chickens and having THEM eat them (good idea but I’ve already decided against getting chickens); getting sheep or goats and having them eat the grasshoppers’ food source (not a good idea as I LIKE having a garden AND I’m not allowed to have sheep or goats in my town); and a plethora of natural homemade pesticide recipes (excellent ideas, Margaret, but sounds like a lot of work). My favorite suggestion, however, was that I simply learn to love them (thank you Anna). And since the grasshoppers don’t seem to actually be eating all that much of my garden and there’s plenty of yummy stuff to go around, that is what I decided to do. And so, with no further ado, I would like to introduce you to some of my new grasshopper friends.
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