Tuesday, 1 July 2014

In the Garden

A couple of unrelated gardening matters, about an innovation in tomato growing and a tree bug.

Firstly a tomato growing gadget that fits into a grow bag to promote growth and better watering uptake. It's called a Growpot and seems make a difference.  Looking at the tom plans, all planted at the same time those using the gadget seem to have better growth and density of foliage. Will report back on how the cropping goes.

The tree in the garden, some sort of ornamental cherry, had it's usual good start to he season with a fab blossom display. As usual the blossom only lasts a week or so but puts on a good show.

Now the leaves are all established I see that the ends are a bit curled and damaged. Having a hunt in the foliage this little bug was found. Looks like a Shield bug possibly a red legged shield bug like one of these.  According to the description 
"Adults are partly predatory, feeding on caterpillars and other insects as well as fruits."
 it is just as likely to be feeding on the critters as causing the problem. Not too worried as on previous years the leaves have been full of holes but overall the tree survives.

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