Garden and stink bug update
Wednesday, 30 May 12 Cloudy 29°C / 84°F
On the garden front, things are generally going well. One of the tomato plants, solar power, is having issues where some leaves on the lower branches are yellowing out. Not sure if this is the first stage of a blight, or just a nutrient deficiency, but time and a little fertilizer will prove that out.
I’ve harvested all of the cauliflower, and last night I planted out 2 bush squashes and some bunching onion seeds in the space where they were growing.
The frosty peas are also nearly ready for harvest, and are looking nice and sweet.
On the stink bug front, the bugs continue to hang out mostly on the new choke cherry tree, and are mating there. So far I’ve found and destroyed 3 clusters of brown marmorated stink bug eggs on this tree. I’m actually hoping the stink bugs keep on using the choke cherry tree, as this is in an area where they will be less of a nuisance. The purple-red leaves are also ideal for spotting the pale green egg clusters on, so this makes population control much easier.
While doing night patrols for stink bugs, I’ve also noticed a very high population of earwigs out in the back yard. Strangely several of them have ended up in the stink bug trap too. Their presence concerns me a bit because I’m trying to get new grass growing in that general area, and they are known to feed on young grass plants. I may need to take up trapping earwigs too if the population doesn’t drop off soon.