familiy Aphididae (Aphids)
Blackfly (Aphis fabae): I am used to removing the tops, and sometimes larger pieces of broad bean stems to curtail the infestation of Blackfly. This year has not only produced a larger infestation but the black fly have spread to a handful of runner bean plants.
I have noticed elderflower branches and flower fronds covered in Blackfly: must have been hundreds of thousands if not millions, but not here on the land.
The Cabbage Whitefly (Alyrodes brassicae) There have been regular infestations after the first few years of cultivation.
Actions: My usual task is to pinch out or cut infected parts and put them in a bucket and then tub which has water, pee and wood ash. The liquid is then conveniently draw off and used to feed the crops.
As Aphids use a secondary host plant in their breeding cycles it may be useful to discover and eliminate or reduce there number where they exist within a hundred yards of the crop area.
I have also noted some collections of dark, but shiny insects on Red Campion but more like beetles ????
Some notable events:
April 2015 There has been very little rain this month and not that much this year.
April 15th: Hottest day, 26°C, since last summer.
April 16th: For the first time the ash are leafing at the same time as the sycamore. Ash is usually a few weeks later at least (last to leaf, first to shed). It seems all the trees are leafing at the same time, which is extremely odd (ash, oak, hawthorn, sycamore). So it seems they are primarily sensitive to temperature not day length.
4th September Just checked the work that ProArb had done on behalf of WPD. I'm disturbed to find that a 15 year old apple tree has been felled.
I called WPD engineering on 01752 502079 and have been called by Steve Cross who is going to call ProArb with a view of checking over their work. If I clear under and around the line I will not get paid and 'ProArb' will still check it out in five years.
20th June Received a copy of the wayleave agreement showing two poles but one of them is the nearer Harewood House and is not the one adjacent western boundary of the triangle field, so it looks like I have been receiving payment for a pole that isn't on ELF land, which I intend to resolve, when convenient.
Original Post: 8th June 2015
I receive payment each year from Western Power Distribution for their use of the land to support infrastructure to transport Electricity to Trekensa gardens. This year it is £22.42 for 2 poles, 2 stays and 6
m of underground earth cable
Although the trust does not use money and therefore does not keep annual accounts I personally keep the money which does go to managing the land albeit pretty insignificant.
However the purpose of this post is to note that I have finally called Western Power D to enquire about the position of the items installed. I am pretty sure of the two poles and stays but no idea of the earth cable.
I called WPD this morning, 01208 892199 to enquire about the positioning and was told I will be sent a paper copy of the information.
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