Had a pretty good day in the garden today. I watered and mulched (grass clippings) the broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, Chinese cabbage, cabbage, and cucumbers. Looks pretty good and hopefully will help the plants through this weeks forecasted heat wave and any more to come.
On the other hand, while admiring my big beautiful blue potato plants this evening, I found a bug I’d never seen before. Unfortunately, it flew away before I could get a photo. It looks sort of like a flattened turtle with a lighter colour around the edge. After much searching online, I found a photo through Google images. It’s a Tortoise Bug (Plagiometriona cravat). Appropriate name isn’t it! At first I thought it was a grouping of eggs of some bug or other, but then it moved. Quite a surprise! So, if the thunder storms don’t come tomorrow, I will be spraying with BT.
Did quite a bit of pruning of the Sweet Autumn Clematis. It was threatening to drown out my climbing roses and beginning to reach out for anyone who passed by.
Brassica oleracea (Capitata Group)
Brassica rapa (Chinensis Group)
Brassica oleracea (Gemmifera Group)