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what’s eating my plants

I couldn’t believe it when I looked outside and saw, literally every cabbage plant, stripped. What is left over,  probably hasn’t got long left.

This little git is the catterpillar and will eventually become a butterfly – as I’m sure you already know. But how, domestically and non chemically do I deal with the little insect.

The only solution is to pick them off and cover with a horticultural fleece to prevent them returning to their f-l-avoured leaf. I’d better get started on my 100 plants, while I have some left!

Apart from the obvious signs one will know if it is catterpillar [in this case] because they cannot eat the large veins of the plant as its mouth parts are not big enough. That said if the catterpillars are not there be careful, not to confuse the damage with what could be that of birds… you’ll know this because the bites [holes] are not interveinal [though the veins] as their mouth parts can eat through any part of the leaf.

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self build ireland show

dreaming of the picture
dreaming of the picture

5/6/7 Sept 2008 Dublin Show, Punchestown, Co. Kildare

I was at this last year. A genius event on the calender and will be there again this year. I do get a free ticket because I write for the magazine, but, this is about selfbuilding? So why am I putting in out there? Because as this article says and what the self build team try to promote is an understanding of all the factors required to complete your home [there is a big difference between that and a house!]. And I’ve just gone through it…

From the old ways of building to sustainability and the future – it’s all there. Who knows I might buy you a cuppa even bump into you! For more information click here. As a by the way – my self build finished in March and [before one asks] yes my garden is ‘almost’ complete and the inside decorating is not yet started… ?!

Have a great day and enjoy!