Posted: 05/07/2013 at 00:27
Ok. There sometimes is a choice. Spray against caterpillars or lose your plants. It really is as simple as that. Sprays of any kind, slug pellets too are a last resort often not used at all for me.
Ok, you buy a new plant....you see it being attacked by slugs, caterpillars etc. howmany of you....in all honesty....would sit back and say its wildlife so it's fine. Some people can't go out at night to pick off that slug or physically remove every caterpillar. If you have a wildlife garden you don't mind these attacks. If your garden is precious to you you will take care of it and protect it. otherwise you do not have that precious garden
I only have to read some of the posts here to see questions and concerns people have about pests ruining their plants. They are not anti wildlife people and should not be labelled as such
I garden as organically as possible. Very few .sprays hardly any slug pellets.....currently not using any......or chemicals. Organic fertilisers too. However, many people are losing their geraniums at moment to bug worm.....I'm not. I anticipated and sprayed. I will have my geraniums flowering all season long. No point acquiring that special variety if your attitude is let caterpillars enjoy their lunch on it. We are. entitled to care for our plants the way we see fit without judgement.