Friday, 15 August 2008

Sprouts



The Sprouts aren't looking too good at the moment. Caterpillars everywhere. Now, if it were up to me I'd continue to let them have a good time, munching away. My other half however likes the little green bogies to accompany her Christmas dinner. So I'm sorry fellas you've got to go.





3 comments:

tom said...

It does seem that you have had a problem with Caterpillers. Leaves are very important because they take up moisure and nutrients from the roots. The leaves that are left are not so effective but they are still doing their job.You may be tempted to remove the damaged leaves. I would leave them unless they are deseased. If you remove them you are just completing the job of the Caterpiller.

My Chutney Garden said...

Oh dear. What about natural predators? Maybe you can find out what feeds on that particular type of caterpillar and introduce it into your garden.
I have a real problem with caterpillars as well but I love butterflies so put up with them.
sharon

kathy said...

Are they the fat bright green caterpillars? Probably cabbage worms. They are so prolific that it is hard to control these by hand picking. The best organic solution is to cover the plants with floating row cover before the white butterfly lays eggs on the plants. I usually keep may brassicas (cabbage family: kale, cabbage, broccoli, turnips, etc) covered from May to August. Good luck.

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