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03/10/2008 at 07:50
You're not alone Joey, this is my first year of growing Brassicas...first the Wood Pigeons got 'em, then the White Fly, then the Caterpillars...I netted to keep off the birds and rabbits with some of that orange building site netting and stakes, with some 1" green netting over the top, but next year I will net to keep off the birds AND the butterflys, with finer mesh!!! Make sure your netting is fine enough to exclude the Butterflys, cos they will force their way through the bigger holed stuff, as I found out. They are most persistant!!!I spent hours picking off and squashing the damn caterpillars and eggs, and the smell is stomach turning. It was most disheartening, but I was persistant, and the sproughts are really nice to eat, quite mild at the moment as they have not had a frost.