I have a dozen or so brussels sprout and broccoli plants. I don’t use pesticides, on the principle that if a crop cannot survive, unaided, then I will grow something else next year.
I was away last week, and received telephone reports on my garden. The daughter was outside with the grandon and they heard this ‘noise’. It was thousands of caterpillars chomping away at my brassicas. They were disappearing before their eyes.
One of the granddaughters thinks I am very kind to grow sprouts to feed the caterpillars and that my garden must have “All the butterflies in the world”, oh, joy!
Anyone know a way to keep cabbage whites off brassicas? I thought of picking off caterpillars by hand but don’t like to kill them, seems cruel as well as hating the feel of them. Besides, by the time the caterpillars are big enough to notice, they must already have eaten an awful lot of leaves.
I was hoping the bluetits would have a feast, but only saw one there, all through the past six weeks, and one bluetit gets sick of caterpillars before all 10,000 are eaten.