Charting the progress on my allotment in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Sunday, 27 October 2013
Green Shield Bug
I found this little fellow on my Crimson Leaved peach tree. It's only during the last few years that I've become aware of the Green Shield Bug, though one variety is native to Britain and its occurence is widespread. There is also a non-native variety now in Britain which was found in London in 2003. It arrived from elsewhere in Europe. The native variety doesn't cause harm to plants, though the non-native ones can cause damage to some vegetable, especially beans, though it isn't yet established enough to be classed as a pest. They're sometimes called Stink Bugs as if they're threatened, some species emit a smelly liquid. Lovely!
I've finally got round to repotting the dwarf apple and plum trees which I bought last year. I've used plastic containers rather than terracotta ones as terracotta tends to dry out quicker. Plenty of crocks were placed in the bottom of the containers to help with drainage, as well as providing a bit of weight to help the pots stay upright in windy weather. I used John Innes No.3 compost, which doesn't dry out as quickly as multi purpose, though I did mix a little multi purpose in with it. I didn't get any fruit from the trees this year but I'm hoping that I might manage something next year.
The wind is starting to get up here, though the forecast isn't as bad as it is for some parts of the country over the next day or two. I hope everyone stays safe in the approaching storms.
I'm a forty eight year old mum of two and I live on the outskirts of Leeds in West Yorkshire. I've been married to Mick for twenty six years and we have a son, Daniel, who's twenty two and a daughter, Eleanor, who's eighteen. I gave up work in 2010 and now have more time to indulge in my hobbies of knitting, crochet and gardening. I hope you enjoy reading and will follow along with my adventures.