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Bloomin' caterpillars!
Mon 19-Aug-13
10:59 am
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Xahha
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I thought this year I had been clever by making a cage around my cabbages and covering them with bird and butterfly proof netting- and up until a few days ago this was successful, I have watched many a frustrated butterfly try and get access without success! -just some minor early damage and the hearts were firming up nicely.

 

Today when I went over to dig up some extra soil from a heap of sieved soil nearby,  I realised they were absolutely covered in mainly small, but some quite large, caterpillers surprised- couldn''t figure out how until I saw that the turnips planted alongside the cage were also smothered in caterpillers and very little green leaf left.- my reckoning is that they just crawled through the net on to the cabbages when they were tiny enough to get through the mesh.

 

Much as I dislike using chemical pest control, I did spray them all with bug killer- they are under a net so other animals should be safe from the effects.  Within ten minutes, there were no wrigglies on the cabbages. Now we have to wait some days before we can harvest any cabbages, just when they were beginning to get to a harvesting stage. BAH humbug!frown

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Mon 19-Aug-13
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I lost all my Cabbages last year, there were so many Cabbage Whites around, I just could not win, they shredded everything, so just decided not to grow them this year. I do like a bit of Cabbage. Good luck with yours!

Wed 4-Sep-13
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My cabbages have been under insect-proof netting too Martin and I've been very hopeful, however pulled one the other day and full of holes, think it might be slugs rather than caterpillars on ours, but the plants look a mess, looks like chickens will be feasting on cabbage for the next few weeks.

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