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franie
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 11:33 am    Post subject: Hungry Caterpillars Reply with quote

I've been away for a few days, and now there are caterpillars all over my broccoli leaves and cabbage. I've been trying to stay away from chemicals if I can, so does anyone have any suggestions to get rid of these critters!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pick them off and net them!

I got an attack of sawfly on my gooseberries recently and spent 1.5hrs picking/mashing the caterpillar buggers.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Companion planting is good. Try planting celery around it and some herbs like oregano, thyme and mint especially can be a winner. The smell keeps the pests away. Worth doing a little research on this. Its nice to have a range of plants together too....
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2010 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use nemasys" grow your own " available online from "www.mr.middleton.com" it is totally natural and very effective against caterpillars.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An application of salted water followed by hand picking the wrigglers works well.
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