I wish to quote myself, something that I uttered only one week ago.....
"So far, touch wood, we haven't had a huge problem with insect pests"
I believe the flying insect world heard me, had a conference, and decided that the our property was the place to be. There are fifty trillion tiny moths having a wonderful time living and cavorting and laying eggs in plants, but they have a particular love for the brassica family, that being cabbages, broccoli, brussels sprouts and the like. It is said that you can grow cabbages all year, but in reality it is better to grow them in winter because there are far less bugs around. We have only a few broccoli and cabbage plants left anyway, so we may pull them up and concentrate on the new plantings, which are the summer crops like tomatoes.
It is amazing how one day there are no moths and then suddenly there are hundreds of them. Not only moths, I was standing at the shed window washing dishes when I noticed gazillions of bees swarming outside. But what was interesting was that had that happened in our city back garden, they would have hung around for hours and turned into a seething mass in a tree that was ultra scary, but out here in the countryside, the big swarm just cruised slowly past and made their way off through the forest.
The other phenomenon that occurs late October, coinciding with the farmers cutting pasture for hay making, is the arrival of mega millions of bush flies! The sort that like to crawl in your mouth and your nose and your eyes. When working outside, measures must be taken to keep one's sanity and avoid shrieking every swear word in one's vocabulary. You have no idea how brilliant fly nets are, and boy does it stick it up the flies, who crawl over the net mere inches from your face that they desperately want to get to, and cant. Ha! Sucked in flies!
However, I ordered something interesting today. We try to be organic and not use pesticides, and I am dabbling in companion planting and beneficial insect attracting plants. I was watching a David Attenborough show about plants on ABC last night and they showed glass houses in Kew Gardens and how they hang cards covered with the eggs of predatory insects which hatch and help to control pest bugs. I had heard that you can buy eggs of predatory insects and that show got me interested again, so I hit the internet and found what I was looking for. After some research, I've ordered 500 lacewing eggs from here, it will be very interesting to see what happens. They may all hatch and nick off but worth a try.
In the meantime, the sugar snap peas and snow peas are slowing down after a fantastic crop, gosh we have eaten so many, they have been brilliant. The broad beans are in abundance at the moment too and being young, are very yummy. I picked heaps of both, blanched them and froze them. It will be nice to still be able to enjoy eating them when the plants have finished.
- knee pads!
No idea which way up we are supposed to wear them but this is the most comfortable. They are brilliant, so comfortable when kneeling on a concrete floor. Here is moi modelling them.