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Protecting Cabbages from butterflies

Hello Everyone 
Last year my cabbages were ravaged by butterflies so this year I'm after your tips and how stop this happening again . Don't really want to use nets as I don't like the look of it . So any tips would come in great 



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,903
    Last year I kept inspecting the underside of the brassica leaves daily and wiping off any butterfly eggs and we never had any caterpillar damage ... but I only had four broccoli plants. When we had more I netted them ... appearance be blowed ... have to be practical. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • barry islandbarry island Posts: 1,811
    I will be using the inspect and squash technique this year, last year I used insect netting which works apart from being difficult to get under the netting which became infested with whitefly.
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 2,583
    My OH made me a wooden frame and stapled the netting on to it. You could then lift the frame off when you needed to. This was fine for the raised bed, but I guess it depends what area you want to cover. It worked very well until NN's cat sat on it and broke it!
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Posts: 1,089
    The only effective way if you trying to protect a large number of plants is netting, a few people at our allotments have invested in walk in fruit cage and covered that in suitable net but I will use a mixture of fleece, net and vigilance always worked OK for me .

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,129
    I used vegetable cages for my broccoli last year, but if a leaf touches the netting chances are a cabbage white will spot it and lay eggs.
    I thought I had stunning heads of broccoli last year, but when I cut them, the heads were crawling with caterpillars - not just a few but masses of them - the whole lot went on the compost.  I doubt I'll try growing brassicas again.

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • bazabaza Posts: 670
    Thanks everyone it's looking like vigilance is the way for me this year
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,057
    I made a frame and made a walk in cage, I bought a roll of scaffolding netting, very close weave, she couldn’t get through that. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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