The Patch has been inundated with bugs this year. White flies are everywhere and despite the yellow sticky traps and the rain, they are still prolific; however, we aren’t too worried about the damage they are causing as it is minimal at best.
The cabbage moths on the other hand are creating issues, well their larvae are. Big raggedy holes are appearing in everything now, even the cavolo nero.
It’s disheartening to see white cabbage butterflies flapping their way around the Happy Patch because we know they are going to feed off all our hard work. We are desperately trying to keep them off the plant centres. So far we have some tiny broccoli and cauliflower heads and they don’t appear to be eaten too badly at this stage.
So far we have avoided using organic sprays as they also kill the beneficial insects. Instead we have been searching the little critters out and having a lovely time squishing them.
This constant collection seems to have helped the cabbages as they are looking particularly healthy; despite the numerous holes in the outer leaves.
We have also planted some white violas as imitation moths to help deter them – as well as being territorial they aren’t too bright so if they think a moth is already there they will hopefully go somewhere else.
The radishes, carrots and most recent cauliflower seedlings seem to be relatively damage free at the moment.
And as a bonus we appear to have lettuce popping up amongst the spring onions. No idea where they have come from.
Our other patch is now mostly sown with a green manure crop. The rest will go in next week.
Every Saturday morning there is a produce swap at the Happy Patch Community Garden. This weekend we took a big bunch of rocket, some habanero chillies, and some coriander and snow pea seeds. In return we got a cute pot of nasturtiums, some spring onions and some garlic chive seeds. Swapping is a great way to share and receive!
Ruby found the plant markers and whirly flower more fun than the garden this week.