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« on: August 29, 2008, 00:01 »
Is there a special type of netting for brassica's (including sprouts) - I've got a swarm of cabbage butterfly caterpillars enjoying mine!!.  I'd rather they didn't and would like to prevent a reoccurence for next year.

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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2008, 03:53 »
I went into wilkinsons ( sale on at mo) and bought some black netting meant for over ponds. It's brilliant for putting over brassicas etc ;) and it doesn't stand out like a sore thumb either hehe



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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2008, 08:39 »
That's what I use too.

It has to have mesh small enough that the butterflies don't squeeze through and the Wilco stuff is fine.  I think it has to be 7 x 7 mm mesh.
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2008, 08:40 »
The cabbage white is a bit like a cat, it can get through extremely small spaces!  I had netting last year, 5mm I think, and it got through that.  so I bit the bullet and bought some enviromesh and had none at all this ear.  of course the whole lot bolted because I left them in their pots too long and they got club root (in the ground already) so still haven't produced anything, but there's always next year, and there were no caterpillars!!
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2008, 09:39 »
We bought environmesh ,its not cheap but well worth every penny. Its got many uses , protecting from birds ,insects and rabbits ! Its a pain taking it off and on for weeding etc but there have to be compromises.

We've had some great cabbage and cauli this year.
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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2008, 16:39 »
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2008, 17:07 »
I use the wilko black neeting too, but the cabbage whites are crafty!  I watched one last year, fly into the net, fold its wings and go straight through!  Perhaps it was a bonsai white!!!!   :lol:



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« Reply #7 on: August 29, 2008, 17:17 »
There is a topic about it here:LINK

I bought the recommended stuff from Ebay. I only put it over the brassicas last night so can't really comment, but it looks great and there were a swarm of admiring plot holders wanting to know where I got it from.

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