Tag Archives: aphids

Ecology of a tree

I’ve just spent a fascinating half hour watching the various insects on my Orleans Reinette (apple tree). You know how you pop out to put something in the bin, only to find you need your camera… well, I did rush … Continue reading

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The knock-on effect of the drought?

For anyone who missed it, we had a drought last summer, followed by a dry winter and spring. I’ve only been in the CSA vegetable scheme at my local farm since last September, so I can’t be sure they have … Continue reading

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Unexpected protection

I’m not pleased that the pheromone trap I put out to protect my apple trees is plastic or that the insert can only be thrown away once it is replaced every six weeks. On the other hand, I never expected … Continue reading

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Gardening fest

My daughter is on an extended sleepover at a friend’s house, which gives me ample time to focus on the latest MOOC I am doing. However, I need to take regular breaks in order to process all the information. Which … Continue reading

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The forgotten crop

I’ve been so preoccupied with the melon plants by the back door, watching as fruit after fruit has failed to germinate and then dropped off, that I completely forgot about the chilli plant on my bedroom windowsill. Until this morning, … Continue reading

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We can breathe again

I learned today that the birds will seem to have disappeared at the moment because they are moulting. Certainly, I had noticed that they were less in evidence, so I decided it was time to lift the netting. For one … Continue reading

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The battle commences 

Yesterday evening, we were early for my daughter’s piano lesson, so we took a short walk at the beginning of Meanwood Valley. I was shattered by the time we got home and just wanted to plonk myself in bed. However, … Continue reading

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Keep calm and read on

Yesterday, my daughter made some bookmarks, as you can see on the photo below. I didn’t however get the opportunity to read until bedtime as we spend a good part of the rest of the day at Roundhay Park. I had … Continue reading

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The smell of orange in the morning

I had to throw one of my indoor pepper plants on the compost the other day because it was totally infested with aphids. I had hoped that all the other pepper plants dotted about the house (four of them) would … Continue reading

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An abundance of apples

Inspite of being bald for most of the spring, the apple tree at the back of the garden now seems to be hiding several apples. On one branch, I had already thinned them out to two at the tip but … Continue reading

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