We’re not the only ones who love roses
THE gorgeous rose blooms that you’ve been waiting patiently for are also being eagerly anticipated by some very hungry caterpillars. Caterpillars can chew through and into rose buds as well as eat the leaves.
Control these destructive critters by spraying roses with a pest controller thoroughly every two weeks, including the undersides of foliage where caterpillars often hide.
Keep feeding roses every week with a liquid plant food.
If you have a few spare square metres in a sunny spot in your garden then try growing some of your own sweet corn.
◗ Enrich the soil in a sunny garden bed by mixing in some fertiliser. It’s best to grow corn in blocks of short rows (rather than long thin rows), which helps to improve pollination and yield.
◗ Sow corn seeds in pairs, 25mm deep, in moist well-drained soil direct where they are to grow. No further watering is needed until seedlings appear. The weaker of the two seedlings can be thinned out when they reach about 15cm tall.
◗ Corn is a hungry plant and should be fed each week with a plant food.
◗ Monitor corn plants for aphids and caterpillars and spray to control both these common insect pests.
◗ Pick cobs when the fine “silk’’ has just browned.
Hairy caterpillars munching their way through the leaves of a rose bush.