Saturday, 24 May 2014

Hiding from the cabbage white

In the forgotten about part of the garden, the part where I rarely venture is a wheelbarrow. It isn't used often so it has been put to good use.

 Underneath the fleecy cover is my winter/spring brassica collection.

The greenhouse was far too warm for these plants as they not due to be planted until July(ish) so I had to move them out sharpish!

I have spotted many a cabbage white butterfly looking for the perfect place to lay eggs & after last years disastrous attempt with caterpillar infested broccoli, I was most determined it wouldn't happen this year!

So hiding out of the way I have cauliflower, purple sprouting & white sprouting broccoli, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, mini green cabbage, kale & collard greens. I think that's all although I do need to sow some spring cabbage seeds.

Have you spotted the clothes pegs holding the fleece in place?

As always enjoy your day & a huge, huge thanks to my new & old followers, you do my little heart much good. xx

35 comments:

  1. We could really do with a giant cover over everything couldn't we?

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    1. That's a great idea, feasible in my small garden but not quite so on your huge allotment.

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  2. I haven't seen any cabbage whites about yet, though it won't be long. Glad to see you're prepared.

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    1. They might be hiding from you, the little blighter's have been out here over the last few weeks. No doubt a mass hatching in my garden. I had to do something after last years disaster.

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  3. An interesting lesson! Hope my brassicas will do well this season. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, I have to do something to keep the pesky things at bay.

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    1. Thank you, I was desperate for somewhere safe to keep them & the wheelbarrow was just big enough.

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  5. I have put clothes pegs to use in the garden too, they are great little things to keep handy.

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    1. I haven't used them for anything other than hanging the clothes out before. They are great for little garden jobs aren't they. I need to buy some more.

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  6. Good idea. We have a grasshopper invasion in my area this year and I think we could all use some nice big covers for our yards. :)

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    1. Its time like this I'm quite thankful I have a small garden. The biggest threats to my garden is the cabbage butterflies & slugs, we do have grasshoppers here but not to the extent that you do.

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  7. Brilliant idea!!!! I hope that keeps the critters at bay and that your plants to do really well, it will keep them nice and sheltered for sure. Hope that you are having a good weekend. xx

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    1. Thank you, it is well pegged down & secure, I am determined no eggs will be laid on my crops this year.

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  8. Like Sue I've often fancied a cover over everything. We could do with a selective forcefield. Butterflies out, bees in.

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    1. Sounds a wonderful idea doesn't it, I would like to think of some mad scientist working on such an idea somewhere.

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  9. That's a great idea, cabbage whites are such a nuisance. Flighty xx

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    1. They are a blinking pest, far more so than slugs to me.

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  10. Will the plants get enough light under the fleece though? Would some mesh not be better? The mobile nature of your "intensive care ward" is appealing!

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    1. More a temporary measure until I find where my insect netting is! Mike has had a major clear out so nothing is to hand. It is indeed, when I am ready to plant I can wheel the whole batch over.

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  11. What a clever idea! I hope it proves successful and that the future crops are plentiful and healthy! Good Luck.

    Karen

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    1. I was rather pleased when I came up with it, it makes good use of an barley used wheelbarrow.

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  12. Best of luck with these veggies pal! Sounds like you are going to rock it this year! Can't wait to hear how it goes and a very happy weekend to you!!! Nicole xo

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  13. A good idea. I love cabbage, but all of the pests put me off. I've tried them once or twice, but they just all got eaten, and not by me. I hope yours stay safe. Have a good Sunday, CJ xx

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    1. Thanks, I actually planted them last year & didn't cover for a couple of weeks. The plants were infested with the blinking things, it makes my skin crawl!

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  14. Well thats one way of keeping them out. Hope it works.

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    1. Fingers crossed, I used the pegs to make sure they keep covered.

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    1. Thank you, I was rather pleased to see the empty wheelbarrow there. It isn't used often.

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  16. Brilliant use of a wheelbarrow- hope your brassicas stay safe. My brassica season did not start very well- slugs had a proper munch on our romanesco broccoli seedlings so last weekend I had to start from beginning by sowing seeds.

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    1. I was rather pleased with the idea, it's a same you had to re sow. I seem to have more snails than slugs at the moment, though they are just as damaging.

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  17. That's a very good idea indeed! I hope it makes for insect free brassicas. x

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    1. Thank you, so do I , I didn't cover last year & they were all infested with caterpillars.

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