The harvest is coming to an end. The sweetcorn has been eaten - yummy, and the runner beans are coming to an end - just a few more and that'll be it. Good thing too since some of the poles snapped in the recent winds and the whole lot have collapsed against the fence!
Just a few beetroot ans the winter squash to be fetched in. And last will be the parsnips but they need to wait until we've had a good hard frost!
It’s raining - absolutely horrible out there. The ground is sodden and claggy and all I can hear is rain rain rain, lashing against the windows.
There’s not a lot I can do outside.
So I decide to clean the daughter’s bedroom instead. I put on my gas mask, radiation suit and rubber gloves and, clutching a large bottle of disinfectant, I venture into the hovel.
It’s not as bad as I feared. And so I decide to tackle under the bed.
Well I pull out the usual assortment of knickers and socks, mouldy apple cores, crisp packets and sweet wrappers.
Then I pull out two small Tupperware boxes. I wondered where those had gone. I’m not too sure about that brown semi-liquid stuff that’s slopping about inside them though. Good job they’re sealed. I put them to one side to deal with later.
And then I spot the box.
The lid is askew and I can see some shrivelled up leaves and a few twigs in it. As I pull it towards me I notice… the airholes.
I'm very fond of butterflies. I love watching them fluttering across the lawn or studding the flowers on my buddleia bush. Every so often one flutters into my greenhouse and bangs against the glass a few times before finding its way back out.
Unfortunately I think one of these butterflies has left me a little present.
Over the past few weeks I've been noticing holes in the leaves of my peppers and tomato plants. The holes have been getting bigger. One day I spotted a hole in one of my unripe tomatoes. I pulled it off, but the hole was empty.
Today I spotted the droppings. Unmistakable caterpillar droppings - and not small ones either!
I tried turning over the leaves but I couldn't see anything. Wherever these caterpillars are hiding they're too clever for me!
I looked in my book under common pests and diseases, but there's no mention of caterpillars eating tomato plants.
They're munching their way through my greenhouse!!