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  • LucidLucid Posts: 335

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks so much for all of the excellent advice. I think my conclusion is that we will avoid nettles then as it doesn't seem worthwhile. Just trying to include everything I can to help them along, but at the same time don't want an invasion of nettles.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 61,575

    If you want to grow a food plant for caterpillars why not grow Hedge Garlic/Jack by the Hedge http://www.wildfooduk.com/hedgerow-food-guide/hedge-garlic-hedgerow/  - it's pretty and not too invasive and you can eat it ....... and it's the food plant for the caterpillars of the Orange-tip butterfly - one of the first signs of spring image

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  • LucidLucid Posts: 335

    Thanks Dovefromabove. That certainly looks an interesting choice, and preferable to stingers. image

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  • OnopordumOnopordum Posts: 390

    "If you want to grow a food plant for caterpillars why not grow Hedge Garlic"

    Good advice. Not in pots obviously, but it should self-seed around the garden in the weedier areas. We have quite a lot in the garden here naturally. Orange-tip eggs/caterpillars are generally present on quite a high percentage of the plants, and are very easy to find.

  • Where can I get nettles that I can grow in my garden? For caterpillars

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Just do nothing to an area of ground.  They'll arrive!  The problem is stopping them!

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