Sunday, 24 August 2008

who's bugging who ?

I managed another couple of hours at the lottie today and whilst checking out the phacelia seeds spotted a stink bug shedding his skin

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about half an hour after this photo was taken he was starting to move around and his skin was turning a really rich deep reddy-brown:

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I found a few bigger ones outside:

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The sweetcorn has lots of different bugs - this fella is a metallic green and 'pings' when you get close to him

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This brown one jumps like a flea ... err, not that I know what they look like

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who knows what these are going to grow up to be ...

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I did manage to do some work in between bug spotting - I've dug in the Fenugreek and sown some Chard (Bright Lights). I weeded the (small) strawberry bed and also the broad beans, which are beginning to look past their best. I noticed yesterday that one of the hedges has managed to grow higher than me, so I had a bit of a chop at that. I've also tidied the Globe Artichokes up a bit - the branches are so heavy that they've collapsed and the plants are looking quite scruffy.

I'd forgotten about the peas that I sowed a couple of weeks ago and had to think twice when I looked in the brick bed ... hopefully I'll get a quick crop before winter arrives. I've been checking out the Meteor packet and it says to sow in October and overwinter - should have peas for May.

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We've eaten our way through the Vales Emerald Potatoes (not growing them again) and we are now chomping our way through the Kestrel. The look great - very pale with delicate pink markings, but apparently they are not a patch on the Cara as OH has told me for, oh, the thousanth time I think this week. So far not critter damage, or scab on them either ... they are definitely on my shortlist for next year.

Did I mention the blackberry & almond cake with meringue topping that I made last week ? It was a definite hit, so I've picked some more blackberries and think I'll be baking later ...