At present, my brassicas are looking pretty good, with no caterpillar damage and very little slug/snail damage, but there is no room for complacency. Yesterday I temporarily removed their netting to do a bit of maintenance such as removing dead leaves, and as I brushed against the plants a few Whitefly flew up. Time to launch a pre-emptive strike!
I made up a spray-bottle of very dilute washing-up liquid (being very careful to use the MILD version!), and gave the plants a very thorough spraying. Here they are, looking nice and shiny after their shower...
Meanwhile, have a look at these:-
I also have two "Ruby Perfection" Red Cabbages, which are looking very promising. I associate Red Cabbage very firmly with Autumn, so I'm hoping mine won't mature too early. Spiced braised Red Cabbage cooked with apple is a real favourite of ours, but it's definitely a cold weather dish.
These too are big plants, as this next photo hopefully demonstrates.
Very difficult to photograph too, on account of their shiny leaves!
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That all looks fantastic. My sprouts have now been hit by cabbage whites. My netting wasn't small holed enough....next year I'll know :)ReplyDelete
Those brass leaves sure do look good for this time of year. I, too, have white fly but for the first time in many years, not sure why. Long cooked red cabbage is yum .... in the winter; winter? what's that?ReplyDelete
We have covered our brassicas with Enviromesh to try and curtail any whitefly infestation. They are a real nuisance.ReplyDelete
Braised red cabbage is one of our favourites too, I make a big batch and we freeze portions of it.