MESH MUST BE REALLY FINE TO KEEP OUT CABBAGE WHITE BUTTERFLY FROM BRASSICAS – 1st wk in August 2013

In April I went to some trouble  to cover my everlasting cabbage bush with plastic netting which the man in the hardware store convinced me would keep out the cabbage white butterfly from laying caterpillar eggs on the brassica leaves. All seemed well for a few weeks. Then one day, I spotted a white pair of flitting wings INSIDE the net cage I have carefully constructed. There must be a gap somewhere, I thought. The butterfly was expelled by lifting the bottom of the net and I carefully checked for any other gaps and closed any possible entry points. However, another butterfly appeared inside and another. I had to admit defeat. I had chosen netting with mesh not fit for purpose. However,

A good harvest of everlasting cabbage leaves BEFORE the caterpillars got to work shredding the leaves.

A good harvest of everlasting cabbage leaves BEFORE the caterpillars got to work shredding the leaves.

I’ll keep the cabbage bush watered. As it is a perennial, it should recover as it did last year after being shredded by caterpillars. Meanwhile, next spring, it will be Enviromesh or some such gauge like netting which will be used to protect the precious brassicas I hope to be growing.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: