Battling to prevent butterflies

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Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279482 happyhacker
Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:55 pm

Is a 7mm x 5mm net sufficient? Last year I used 7mm square net and they got through with a struggle. Even t,bough I diligently squashed the eggs etc. the crop was still damaged. Thanks.

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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279485 diggernotdreamer
Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:51 am

In my experience, enviromesh or fleece is the only this that really keeps them out, they seem to be able to squeeze through most nets

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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279486 MKG
Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:23 am

THe problem with nets is that they're made of holes. Butterflies can easily lay their eggs wherever the net contacts the plant. Diggernotdreamer is right - the only way to make sure is fleece.

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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279487 Odsox
Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:34 am

....or you could make a structure like a small fruit cage with butterfly netting.
Or go completely anal and do what I do, grow them in a polytunnel with mesh doors.
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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279489 PAUL1SH
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:19 am

I had terrible problems with butterflies last year . I was going to purchase some of that finer netting that scaffolders use to prevent debris but alas that's another item on my 'to do' list that I never got round to doing in spring.

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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279490 diggernotdreamer
Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:24 am

The green scaffold netting is what I call shading, it is ok but it will shade plants down by 30% which is great for lettuce and sometimes I use it to prevent my onions bolting in the heat, but it has huge holes down the seams so the butterflies can get in there, anal is the only way to go I'm afraid (shutup Doofa)

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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279509 Bonniegirl
Sun Jun 15, 2014 4:30 am

Make sure bees can get through, otherwise nothing will get pollinated (if it needs pollinators of course ) :D
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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279524 doofaloofa
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:28 pm

Good point Bonnie girls

And anal is the only way to go
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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279525 diggernotdreamer
Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:52 pm

doofaloofa wrote:And anal is the only way to go


I knew you wouldn't let me down

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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279530 Bonniegirl
Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:32 am

doofaloofa wrote:Good point Bonnie girls

And anal is the only way to go



Anal!!! :shock: :oops: :iconbiggrin: :lol:
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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279544 doofaloofa
Mon Jun 16, 2014 12:28 pm

I am fighting an internal battle not to sig that
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Re: Battling to prevent butterflies

Post: #279573 Carltonian Man
Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:02 pm

PAUL1SH wrote:I had terrible problems with butterflies last year . I was going to purchase some of that finer netting that scaffolders use to prevent debris but alas that's another item on my 'to do' list that I never got round to doing in spring.


Scaffolding companies dispose of (pay for disposal of) debris netting after just a couple of uses and so most are quite happy to let it go to a gardener who asks politely. I got hold of absolutely loads, some holey and used but mostly 50m x 2m with hardly a mark on it. The tie-down eyelets can be a problem but as a freebie it was certainly worth the time and effort to sew them up prior to use. With any luck it should last years. I've also made a smart-looking fence the length of the lotty that serves as a wind break and catches loads of air-borne fluffy seeds from my neighbours weed infested plot :thumbright:


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