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22/11/2013 at 10:04

Help the cabbage white destroyed all my cabbages and sprouts this year I had them all netted but they still got in some advice please THANKS JIM

22/11/2013 at 10:55

Nets with smaller holes and check for any gaps they can squeeze through

22/11/2013 at 11:47

Close inspection and squidging twice a day. 

22/11/2013 at 13:10

After suffering similar results, I fleeced the last unaffected cabbage. Now I am looking forward to a delicious fat cabbage in January!  Fleecing does seem to work.

22/11/2013 at 16:31

you need to check them each day and squash the little blighters before they grow into butterflies, nasty but the only solution bar spraying or eating cabbages with holes.

22/11/2013 at 16:35

Try growing more than you need, fleece what you want to keep and leave the others open for the grubs to feed on. I've done it for the past 2 years and its worked for me. 

22/11/2013 at 16:42

Oooh, I like that idea - a sort of distraction crop. Will do that next year! Maybe I'll have more fat cabbages.

22/11/2013 at 16:49

I don't grow big veg at cabbage white time, usually leeks & winter sprouting brocolli. Salad is in troughs on patio and I have fun with hose pipe if they come near my lettuces.

Years ago I grew caulis etc...I did net and pick things off but when it came to freezing surplus I soaked in salt, and then blanched, and the number of damn caterpillars that floated to the top of the pan put me off.

I know extra protein, but I just couldn't face eating them.

22/11/2013 at 18:44

Use netting with holes no larger than 7mm and double check that there are no tears or gaps otherwise the butterflies will squeeze through - I've seen them fly all around my nets 'inspecting' the quality of my workmanship!

26/11/2013 at 22:35

this year my husband told me that cabbage whites were 'endangered' so I did not try to keep them off the brassicas. the result is that cabbage whites are no longer endangered in our area! sorry folks!

04/09/2015 at 16:05

What use are cabbage whites none that I can see

04/09/2015 at 16:43

Part of the great circle of life - they probably can't see the point in humans either 

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