By Michael Kelly, GIY Ireland
Here is an interesting tip from our friend and organic grower Dermot Carey. He was speaking about how restaurants have gone mad for some of the brassicas like kale (particularly cavolo nero) and sprouting broccoli. I was telling him that slugs and caterpillars have made a misery of my brassica growing over the years, and that this year the caterpillars munched their way through pretty much all of my beautiful cavolo nero plants.
Dermot advises covering the entire brassica bed down with fleece – it’s cheaper than bionet and keeps the cabbage root fly and cabbage white butterflies (which lay the eggs that bring those caterpillars) away. The fleece is draped over the plants and buried beneath the soil at the edges of the beds. It makes harvesting and weeding a little more cumbersome of course, but at least you’ve got perfect plants beneath.