Topic: Crop Protection
It's became very plain mid season that 'the standard' netting protecting the brassicas just wouldn't hack it. Yes it's fine to keep the pigeons off, but then the Pieris Brassicae, the dreaded Cabbage White butterfly were another problem. Those little buggers fold their wings and squeeze through the mesh. So we bit our lip and purchased 7mm butterfly net, at a horrendous price despite a lengthy online search for the lowest! Stretched over a wooden frame we were quite pleased with it, albeit we didn't buy 'quite' enough first time so we have an overlap, which then gave the butterflies a miniscule chance of a route in, every time the wind blew! A chance, of course, they inevitably took, and then we ended up with having to crawl under the net to do some squashology on the caterpillars. Of course some remained, and turned to winged terrors, now trapped under the nets with our beloved cabbages and cauliflowers. But then overall, the 7 mil net wasn't bad, although it didn't stop all the other bugs, (earwigs and white fly were really pesky this year) Even now, shake the brussels and a huge cloud of white fly take to the air. So insect mesh for next season? Have you seen the price?! We've always believed that the allotment should be done on the cheap, skip raiding for wood and wire, that wartime 'make do and mend' spirit that means your veg comes at not too high a price. That's not to say that there are not some lovely high tech fancy cloches, and for that matter crop netting, out there that would be wonderful, but it doesn't 'arf make your vegetables expensive. So I'm hoping the butterfly netting purchased this season will last many more!
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