15 July 2012
10/100: DAMN BUG
See that bug right there? On my Asian pear? That is the best thing China has sent us since the whoopee cushion--not! Stinkbugs. They ravage the garden in spring and summer, feasting on soft fruits and vegetables, leaving behind a taint of yeast that makes the produce ferment from the inside out. When the weather cools, they head indoors and nestle among wool sweater (they prefer cashmere and merino), leaving nasty stains.
Birds snap these critters up, and some say cats find them rather tasty, but there's more stinkbugs than birds, it seems.
Here's hoping we get at least one Asian pear out of this summer. Peace...