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Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 16:36

If I have sawfly (I've had two gooseberry bushes stripped in the past), then I am worried for other plants closeby.  A red currant and flowering currant are metres away.  Would they eat and thrive off the ornamental currant?

Last edited: 05 July 2016 16:38:44

Gooseberry stripped

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 16:32

I did try searching the forum first.  Just found this related thread via Google.


I guess then my question is, is it sawfly or not?  The cuttings were newly planted in fresh compost.

Gooseberry stripped

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 16:30


Looked at above, could it be the small gooseberry sawfly?

Gooseberry stripped

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 15:49

Hi there,

Last year I lost all the leaves off the gooseberry bushes.  These aren't big.

This year, I kept two cuttings away from the other one, and they have been coming along brilliantly.

Today I checked on the plants and most of the leaves were gone.  On closer inspection loads of little caterpillars were on the plants, most likely munching away.

I pulled the ones I could see off.  Is this typical?  Can I prevent this from happening?  The gooseberry bushes are getting nowhere as a result.

On chalk land in the south-east of the UK.

The caterpillars are very small and green.

Last edited: 05 July 2016 15:53:04

Mystery plant

Posted: 05/07/2016 at 09:51

They look quite different to me.

Rowan Tree

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 17:38

I discovered a large wound in mine full of woodlice at the beginning of last year.

Independence Day?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 17:32

Very funny.  The Pythons knitted together old yarns.

@nannybeach, we can all be manipulated.  I did say it was tricky wading through the disinformation.  I'm the first to admit that I found the referendum tricky.  It wasn't an easy decision for me at the time.

It's amazing really that there wasn't an avalanche of well curated information given that it was in the offing for months if not years.  A post Brexit plan would have been nice before, let alone after a leave vote.  It's all been very insulting for us plebiscites.  Not to mention other interconnected nations/businesses.  I now feel pretty disenfranchised and more apathetic (through despondency) than ever.

A friend witnessed outright racism in a pub in London the other night.  Two lads that were unruly proceeded to tell the bar staff that they weren't welcome in this country any more after the UKRef.

Last edited: 01 July 2016 17:35:48

Independence Day?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 12:46

@aym280, I'd have thought that multiple residence/flats should allow for more garden/park space.  Building on every postage size stamp plot available negates that.  (Some private space is healthy.)

Last edited: 01 July 2016 12:47:02

Independence Day?

Posted: 01/07/2016 at 12:42

@punkdoc, the thing is there were lies/half truths told on both campaigning sides.  Voters shouldn't have been so gullible.  Some of the public are obviously happy being spoon fed.  I'm not saying that it is easy to navigate and filter out the disinformation, but it is easier than ever to get information via the Internet.  May it be a lesson to the general public.

Independence Day?

Posted: 30/06/2016 at 23:37



Seems the Brits live in cloud cuckoo land, as has recently been pointed out.  They want to cherry pick what's best for them.  You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Immigration is an issue, but it's not exactly the big issue.  Under Brexit we could even end up with an immigration rise.  All this data was freely available pre-referendum. 

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