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Dear friends Iam a new container gardener, and I love the blogs, and all the practital help. Why is it when I input my Welsh postcode it will not except it? Thanks a lot. Mrs Wurzelgummage older sister.
My geraniums have been badly attacked by green caterpillers,this is the first time it has happened,does anyone have any ideas hw to get rid of the little buggers!!!!!!!
MY SPROUT LEAVES HAVE BEEN INVADED WITH CATTERPILLARS AND ARE STRIPPING THE LEAVES. I HAVE 4 PLANTS SEPERATE FROM THE MAIN CROP AND I HAVE SLICED OFF ALL THE BIG LEAVES AND JET SPRAYED THE STALK AND YOUNG SPROUTS WITH WATER. WILL THIS DO ANY GOOD? WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT THE MAIN CROP?

hi just been down the alltoment and found aload for caterpillers on my cabbage and swede how do i get rid of them 

Take a little time to squash the caterpillars. This is most important, but even more so is to keep a sharp look out for any, each and every day. Try and keep a sharp lookout  for a grey deposit on the leaves, and if you destroy this, there will not be any caterpillars.

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Spraying with 1 part milk to 2 parts milk (I use skimmed) deters cabbage white butterflies from landing to lay their eggs - they're put off by the smell. Worked for my purple sprouting broccoli and kale for a week, then had to re-spray. Be interested to hear if anyone else tries this and success rate. (Next year I plan to net my broccoli to avoid this problem...)

I have very tiny caterpillars on my trailing surfinias how can I rid them of these whilst in full bloom

i have  found caterpillars on the walls of my house .are they going there to die .also at the top of the garden on the patio .we  sitting having a drink and noticed caterpillars walking across the slabs. They  have eaten all the leaves on my brussels and have moved on to the cabbage.Wll the sprouts on the stems survive or should i just dig it all up and bin it.

why are they moving on to the walls of my house ? Hsve to try different methods next year.

Help, the caterpillars are eating my sunflower leaves !

Dovefromabove
Is it caterpillars or slugs and snails - they're the ones that eat my sunflower leaves.

Love butterflies.  Hate caterpillars .  Want the former in my garden.  Don't want the latter

Discuss 

Fairygirl

Verd - first you need to purchase a large butterfly net, then you run around neighbouring gardens with it, then they call the police....

I'd agree with Dove - more likely to be the dreaded slug/snail family on sunflowers.

Ok thanks! 

i usually let them eat my plants as long its only 2 or 3 caterpillars so they won't be killing my plant and so they can become beautiful butterfly's to pollinate my plants

Come Brassica Time - Pop a sprig of crushed tansy in the centre of each plant and hey ho no more caterpillars.

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I have a new garden and caterpillars have invaded only one type of bush. Currently they are all decimated but also covered in a thick white web. Opening the web there are masses of white and I think, black banded caterpillars about 1" long. Neighbours say by the autumn the leaves start to come back. Does anyone know what they are and, please, how do I get rid of them.
Edd

Sounds like the Bird-cherry Ermine moth or ths Spindle Ermine Moth (Caterpillars) 

We would need a pic to ID it 100%.

They can be very spooky looking.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/09/12/article-2418894-1BC627A7000005DC-453_634x428.jpg

 

 

Singing Gardener

I noticed this on one bush in a local hedgerow recently. It looked very strange. A couple of years ago an entire row of trees in Jesus Green in Cambridge were stripped of leaves by these caterpillars but the leaves all grew back later in the year and they don't seem to have affected them in subsequent years so hopefully yours will just be a one off.

My spindle tree has been attacked this year too - It recovered really well last year with no treatment - Caterpillars have to eat something! and it's better than losing the cabbage family!! Talking of which, scrunch up some tansy leaves in your hands and scatter them over your brassicas. Cabbage white butterflies don't like this. Whilst writing BIG THANK YOU for last year's advice re sawfly. Those gooseberries that I replanted in matting have not been attacked - Treated those left behind in fruit bed with tons of soapy water - worked well.

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