The Broadbeans Have Spots!

Chocolate spot is a broadbean thing that typically happens at this time of year. Like rust is a celery thing, or black spot an apple thing – all crops have a thing they do when life’s not completely to their liking. And in my case it’s sprung forth in the wet, humid conditions created by […]

Cunning Ways with Pests

Heat and harvest come to this – pests. It’s easy to malign them, “Damn things!”, but pests are not malicious, they’ve come because you’ve served dinner. Aphids, leafhoppers, green vegetable bugs – put a feed out, create the perfect environment and they will come! Take a pause before making the how-to-kill plan. Take a moment […]

A Planting Plan to Entice the Beneficial Insects

More insects are on your side, than not. There’s an army of beneficial insects willing to help your cause, should you wish it. Parasitic wasps, hoverflies (pictured), bees, bumble bees and ladybirds, praying mantis, spiders, dragonflies, assassin bugs, lacewings, various beetles, frogs and earwigs. They’ll manage pests, pollination and recycling of debris in return for […]

Coping with Green Vegetable Bugs

The Importance of the Right Name When learning about a pest, begin your journey by finding out it’s scientific name. The bug I’m ruminating on today is the Green Vegetable Bug Nezara Viridula, also called green vegetable beetle, stink bug or shield bug. These other names bring you to an array of bugs, not necessarily Nezara […]