Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire Con­trol cater­pil­lars

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden - SCD

The ap­pli­ca­tion of chem­i­cals to con­trol pests on gar­den crops is a tricky busi­ness. We should all keep it to a min­i­mum, not least be­cause we’ll have to con­sume it. One sound method is to in­spect plants care­fully, note the ar­rival of the rel­e­vant pest and re­move it be­fore num­bers rise. This is easy enough with cab­bage-white cater­pil­lars at this time of year. One form is read­ily found un­der the leaf sur­face. The other hides in­ge­niously in the crown. Pick off as many as you can. You can throw the blighters on the path for the robin to despatch.

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