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John H
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:06 am    Post subject: Is there a cabbage attack prevention Reply with quote

I have recently started a veg garden. I see other peoples cabbages being eaten by what ever.

I was wondering is there anything I could do to prevent an attack on my cabbage. I dont want to use any chemical sprays.

I have been shaking my old ground coffee around the perimeter of the cabbage area ( I heard the slugs dont like to cross this ). Is this enough or is there anything else I could do?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Assuming it is slugs, beer traps and nightly collections seem to be the purely organic option.

I tried both with limited success, but eventually weakened and couldn't take any more lost plants and got "Growing Success Advance Slug Killer" - it's certified for use with Organic veg in the UK, and safe for children and other wildlife (it doesn't cause secondary poisoning in birds and hedgehogs). Damage has definitely been reduced.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: Is there a cabbage attack prevention Reply with quote

John H wrote:
I have recently started a veg garden. I see other peoples cabbages being eaten by what ever.

I was wondering is there anything I could do to prevent an attack on my cabbage. I dont want to use any chemical sprays.


Well if the whatever that's eating the cabbage is caterpillars then the chemical spray free way to protection is netting.
Cover your plants with sheer netting whilst the butterflies are around, if they cannot touch the plants then they cannot lay their eggs on them.
No eggs = no caterpillars to munch the cabbage.
Ensure the netting allows sufficient sunlight through to enable growth. Eco-mesh is a type of covering used by many.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm having no problem with butterflies or caterpillars its small white slugs. In the morning and evening I am picking them up, but they are eating everything Lettuce, tops of my carrots, cabbage and even the tops of my onions and scallions Mad

I am under attack and under pressure!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard the saying when it comes to Brassicas "If you don't net you don't get!"

This doesn't seem to be your problem though. One tip I saw on the TV that was effective was to make an organic spray by soaking the leaves of Rhubarb in a bucket of water and waiting a few days (I think better if it can be weeks you may be able to accelerate if it is hot water you use) and then spray the solution now containing the oxalic acid of the rhubarb onto the cabbage. This is effective against cabbage whites but I am not sure about slugs. The usual defences against slugs will probably help, sharp sand or grit around the base of the plants, coffee grounds or oatmeal similalrly spread, beer traps or plain old hunting them down at night with a torch!
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