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Cabbage White Netting

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 08:28

Thanks to all for the advice. I was really hoping to avoid this, but there doesn't seem to be any easy options here. it looks like some renetting is in order. 

Cabbage White Netting

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 11:07

Thanks Lynn, I have already bought some of this for use as a windbreak. I know it is good stuff. The problem is that the existing 'leaky' cage is about 25ft square and so is going to be pretty expensive.

Next year I will grow in smaller, more manageable blocks where I can hopefully track down any gaps more successfully.

The real problem for this year is that my defences have already been breached and so even replacing the netting still leaves me with the same problem. I already have an unknown number of caterpillars that have been laid on the patch, and know that if I leave/replace the netting then I have no chance of getting a helping hand from the birds. If I take it off, I am hoping that the birds may keep the caterpillar invasion under control. Perhaps this is too optimistic?

Cabbage White Netting

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 10:22

I have quite a large patch of brassicas which I thought I had secured inside butterfly proof netting. Unfortunately, I have clearly got some gaps that the little blighters have found and yesterday I had about half a dozen cabbage whites INSIDE the netting, trying to get OUT. Hmmm! 

My question is whether now to just go ahead and remove the netting altogether which means the birds will be able to get in and hopefully deal with some caterpillars, or whether that will just result in absolute caterpillar carnage? 

Most of the cabbages etc are looking big and healthy and so I am assuming will be able to withstand a bit of caterpillar/pigeon damage, but have never really grown brassicas before and so am not quite sure what to expect.

Any advice?




Tree ID Please

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 14:51

Thank you very much. It definitely one of this family which is all I needed to know. They are growing alongside an area of ground that I had earmarked for a vegetable plot and I was concerned that they were going to turn into giants and overshadow the whole area. Whichever exact plum they are, they are never going to get too big and so I will just leave them alone.

Thanks for your help.

Tree ID Please

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 14:10

Not sure Forester2. I know for a fact that it does not bear any fruit and is ornamental only.

Tree ID Please

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 13:36

Can anyone help me trying to get an ID on this tree? If you scroll down there are 3 images.

I have inherited a row of these with a recent property move and all the previous owner can tell me is that they have beautiful white blossom in the Spring. 

From the bark I am guessing that it is some kind of Birch?

Any help will be much appreciated.




Posted: 28/08/2013 at 07:13

Hi Darren,

I use a Rainwater Hub to fill 12 water butts that are dotted around the garden in various locations. Some are 120 feet away from the house. It fills them all automatically using no pumps, no electricity, and certainly no wheel barrows. I am not a million miles away from you (Burgess Hill) and would be happy to show you the setup if you are ever in the area.

Strawberry Growing Experiment

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 08:35

No problem little-ann.

Whilst no expert myself, I agree with Bob that strawberries do pretty well most years outside and so I keep what little space I have in the greenhouse for those plants that really need it (chillies,peppers,cucumbers,aubergines etc). If your strawbs are running out of steam, it may well just be the fact that they are all the same variety with a short cropping season. It may be worth adding a couple of different varieties that are later cropping.

My poor lawn :(

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 06:05

Hi Spunko,

I agree that feeding is probably the first step. If you are reasonably weed free I would stear clear of any of the combined weed & feed products. If you are a bit sloppy with the application it is all too easy to end up with even more brown patches than you started with. I speak from bitter experience.

It is probably also worth top dressing the lawn. This is a great way to encourage new root growth.

Strawberry Growing Experiment

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 05:53

Hi Alan,

All the plants were in a mixture of garden soil and New Horizon peat free compost. I can't remember the exact ratio. Weekly feeding with Tomatorite. I too have tried the idea of hanging baskets but without much success, probably due to the difficulty of ALWAYS keeping them moist.


Interesting Bob that we have had very similar results. There are so many different types of strawberry planters available and I am beginning to wonder whether any of them can really produce the same results as ground grown plants. I suspect not. 

When I bought my initial strawberry plants I went to a local nursery to try and get the best advice. I was told that pot size should not actually make a great deal of difference if you manage to keep on top of the irrigation, ie even if you have the plants in reasonably small pots where the roots may appear a bit restricted, it should not effect the outcome provided they are never allowed to dry out. NEVER being the key word. He intimated that if the growth of the plant is checked even once, the results will never be the same.

Like you, I have been watering twice a day but even this is sometimes not enough in the smaller pots. Next year I am going to set up some proper automatic irrigation and see if I can test this theory a bit more.

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Cabbage White Netting

Should I remove the netting? 
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Tree ID Please

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Strawberry Growing Experiment

Is it possible to grow really good strawberries in pots? 
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Pickling / Conserving Radish

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Plant Identification help please

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