Hey, you sure have purty eyes. How'd you get here huh?

Toads are of essential service, especially in a garden, to eat up cabbage worms, caterpillars, etc.
–  Farmer’s Almanac

After a pretty comfortable June, the heat (& humidity) ratcheted up a notch or two and we are in the “dog days” of summer.

Lookie what we spotted in the garden.   Never, in our 25 years, seen the likes of a frog, er toad, here before.  It’s certainly a long way from the stream in the Arroyo Seco.  Wonder how it hitched a ride?   Seems the garden’s become part of a Beatrice Potter novel – we had our rabbits,  have our ducks and now a toad!

Reminds me of when I was a kid growing up on 10 acres. I loved catching frogs. We had the green ones and BIG ones.   I’d keep them as pets and then let them go after a few days.  This is the first frog EVER to visit our farm here in the city. Still quite curious how it got here amidst the concrete jungle? Sure hope it stays and helps with our bug problems.

What new critters have you spotted in your garden?

:: Resources ::

Attracting Toads to Your Garden

Toads in the Garden

Create a Haven for Toads


  1. Dan Langhoff says:

    What a coincidence, I have found two small frogs this summer.

    One hanging in the worm bin and the other in the Swiss Chard patch.

    • Sherri says:

      LOVE your blog! I have learned much from you all, so thank you for sharing your wisdom 🙂 We live on 2.5 acres in Alberta, Canada and our children have spent the ENTIRE day today catching frogs! This is the first time that we have seen frogs here on our property (this is our second summer in this home). The mosquitoes are TERRIBLE this year due to lots of rain, so perhaps the frogs are thriving here with all the food flying around for them 🙂 Do you have mosquitoes?

  2. Riley says:

    Not positive from the pic, but that looks like a toad to me, Anais! Much more common away from water. Looks similar to some bigger, and more toadish, ones I remember from the Whittier Hills when I was a kid.

    • Bev says:

      @Riley, Over the our summer, here in NZ, we did find one or two little skinks (tiny lizards). Very cute and harmless but no doubt they help in the eco system some way. Now it’s winter, I guess they’ve gone into hibernation; because we haven’t seen any more lately.

  3. Laura says:

    You sure know you are doing things right when toads come back!!! Here in a suburb of Milwaukee everyone strives for a green “carpet” type lawn – using lots of chemicals of course. I did see toads here and a salamander once but they are long gone. When I go to my mother’s unkempt, unchemicalized yard to pull weeds in her gardens I frequently come across little toads. So neat to see. If people would only get over this green lawn thing our natural world would be natural again.

    • Kristina says:

      @Laura, Tell me about it…. I live in the suburb of Chicago and it breaks my heart to see all these blue green lawns loaded with chemicals! The city of Chicago is looking better though :). There are plenty of gardens now, where the lawns used to be.
      I dream of the day when I’ll see a frog or toad in my garden :).

  4. Johnny Appleseed says:


    Woman planted her front yard with vegetables and now she may end up in jail. We are fighting a revolution folks. Everyone on the street should plant a garden in their front yard.

    • Mitzy says:

      @Johnny Appleseed, I have b I hope this doesn’t give urban gardening a bad name. In my opinion, while I think it is OK to have veggies in the front yard, it is NOT OK to disrespect authority. I think she should have worked with the city first to win its approval and also planted some flowers or shrubbery to make the front yard garden more decorative than utilitarian. There are other people in the community whose feelings she should respect, not antagonize. I do not believe that the “harassment” campaign some are advocating will put urban gardeners in a good light. It could backfire.

  5. melissa says:

    I’ve noticed a substantial amount of grasshoppers and crickets in our yard this year. They are everywhere! It’s wonderful!

  6. Richard says:

    Hello, I loved your video and saved your site in my system. However as I was checking my other favorites I ran across a video you should check out. This person was trying to do what you are doing and was thrown in jail for it. She needs your help. http://www.youtube.com/user/9Nania#p/a/f/4/dfIMrqVx97w

  7. Beverly says:

    We have a resident garter snake in our yard, whom we have dubbed “Gertie.” We have seen her every year in the summer for the past 4 years – starting at about the same time our slug problem miraculously vanished. Go Gertie! We’ve also seen what we assume is her offspring, a salamander, and moles (which I think are adorable, screw the lawn!). This spring we found a clutch of salamander eggs in our tiny pond off our patio – we brought some inside to watch them hatch and re-released them just last month. Periodically we see them again too. This all amazes me because I have lived my whole life in urban Seattle and never seen so many little critters, nor have any of my neighbors. I attribute it to organic practices and keeping small wild (ie: unweeded) spaces in the yard (even on our small urban lot).

  8. jengod says:

    AMAZING. Twice I’ve found salamanders in our totally urban Culver City yard and it never fails to stun and thrill!

  9. jengod says:

    Could the fish pond you added have anything to do with it? Could it be homegrown? Could the frog egg have arrived on the feet of a visiting water bird or something?

    Anyway, congratulations!!

  10. Dale Moore says:

    Good bug eater.

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