Latest posts by Briggsy

Safer Brand Caterpillar Killer

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 11:28


Does anyone know if this product is available in the UK.

I've been on several US websites and this seems to be the organic choice product, however I can not find it for sale anywhere in the UK.

It is a completely natural unaltered by humans product you spray onto infested areas and will not harm bees or other useful insects.

All we seem to have as the organic choice here is a nateral predetar solutions, which costs the earth.

Any help would be appreciated.

Caterpillar attack

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 16:04

I think the moth is the most likely culprit, seen one of them in the tunnel a few weeks ago and we are surrounded by bracken which according to the link kindly sent by marshmello says is their first choice food.

Would also explain why they prefer the parsley to the sprouts!

Caterpillar attack

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 21:42

Thanks, I will have to add caterpillar patrol to the existing slug patrol. I think I will need to give up the day job!

There is a frog living under the parsley so I am attemped to knock the caterpillars off in the hope that he will tuck in to the food falling from the sky. I can live in hope!

Caterpillar attack

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 20:06

 Here's one of the little blighters.

Caterpillar attack

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 19:38

No other veg growers within 1/4 mile, I'm not finding eggs on underside of leaves either! I'm beginning to think that they are hatching out elsewhere & crawling in, however most are tiny so it would be one hell of a walk, and over cockle shell paths!

Caterpillar attack

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 19:04


My polytunnel is infested with thousands, and I do mean thousands of caterpillars.

I have netted the doors and have only ever found one moth in the tunnel this year.

There are precious few butterflies in the garden.

I don't understand where they are all coming from. They have decimated the peas and killed the whole crop, the brasica as you would expect are taking a pounding and I have to check them over daily, each time removing dozens from each plant.

Just went out now to pick parsley & it's totaly covered from head to toe in the critters.

Can anyone suggest where them may be coming from & how I can stop them!



White fly

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:54

Thanks you very much Berghill, just goes to show the power of a little observation!

I have inspected the 'whitefly' closely and there is definately no signs of life......that's clearly why they do not leap up into a cloud when disturbed!


What threw me is that they seemed to be on the tops of the leaves whilst the aphids were lurking below....................explanation is that the ants which have set up the aphid farms so prolificaly this year are carrying out good housekeeping and are carting off the skins and leaving them elsewhere.

Clearly to deal with the aphids I need to deal with the ants.

Thanks for your help.

Plumb tree disaster.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:21

Blackcurrents were the only fruit we got last year aswell.

This year they are so laden that I have had to string them up to stop them drooping onto the ground........................hopefully a sign of things ahead.

Don't yet know if cookers or eaters.

The branch will be coming off the tree shortly, I'm not sure how practical it will be to strip it of fruit as it's propably 20' tall and the fruits are all the way to the top!

Plumb tree disaster.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:12

Will do our best to save it. We do have another three, however not sure which is plumps and which is damsons yet. The split had clearly been developing over a long period and had in fact I had been contimplating the issue and wondering if a form of binding was in order! Too late now.

This is only our second season here & last year was a total fruit catastrophy, not one plump, damson or apple!

Behind the damaged tree in the picture you see apple trees, thankfully this year with what looks like a healthy crop. A couple of big storms at the wrong time last year and we lost all the blossom.

Plumb tree disaster.

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 12:44

Hello again Bookertoo,

I've put some pictures below, far to big to splint together I think!

We'll just have to try and remove as cleanly as we can.




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