Is there an effective, organic way to repell caterpillars? We have so many holes in our various greens that they are barely worth cooking up. I'm hesitant to spray chemicals directly on the leaves that will be consumed...
If you can use some horticultural netting laid over a framework of garden canes, this deters the cabbage butterfly from laying her eggs that turn into the caterpillar's, you can get it from most garden stores and if you tell them what it is for, then you will get the right gage of netting, it is quite cheep and easy to add or remove, best time to do it is before the butterflies are about, the other way is to go out and hunt for the caterpillars and hand pick them from the crop, you need to check under the leaves as that is where the parent lays the eggs etc, if you dont get rid, these bugs will grow into there parents and you will have no crop left, good luck. WeeNel.
Hmm, having some difficulty applying Dipel Dust to the plants in the garden.
Does anyone have any tricks for dusting the underside of the leaves when applying the Dipel Dust (BT)? Are there hand-held dusters for this sort of task, or perhaps a liquid spray version that would get rid of the caterpillars, too?
Farmerdill, I get my pump spray guns from B&Q the DIY store here in UK, do you have any of these stores close by your area, I know I visited that store down Florida way earlier this year but was not looking for that item, they are so handy, hope you have luck.
Peckhaus, another handy way to apply the powder to undersides of the leaves, is an old long handled makeup brush, you know the type for brushing your blusher to the cheeks, the bristles are so soft and they are washable too, use gloves for this job and hold the leaves in one hand as you brush with the other, you will need to turn the leaf over to brush, not if you have hundreds of plants to treat though. Good luck. WeeNel.
I got a mustard & ketsup squirt bottle set from the dollar store.. Fill it with the powder and squeeze! Instant dust bomb.. :) Works great with slug bait powder or DEarth.. just blast under the plants..
Thanks, everyone. Now that I know a little more about dusters, I found these two smaller versions via a google search. Seems like there are a few different ways to apply this stuff in a small, home garden!