First Failed Crop of the Year

It’s only been a month since I planted our savoy cabbage plugs. A month since I tucked them into their little beds, gave them a good drink, and Ade covered them with netting to protect them from pests.

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Pah! Fat lot of good that did. Ade checked on them a couple of days ago and they were ravaged with whitefly. Clouds of them puffed into the air when he removed the nets, and the underside of the leaves were teeming with eggs. Despite his best efforts, Ade had to get rid of the entire crop.

I wondered how the whitefly had managed to penetrate the netting but Ade wonders whether the plugs were already infected; he bought them cheaply off Ebay, which is perhaps a lesson for us. I didn’t notice anything amiss when I planted them though.

I suppose we’ve done quite well on the whole. We’ve had such success with all our other crops, and it is only our first year on the allotment, but I’m still annoyed. Particularly as it was one of the few crops I planted. Him indoors does most of the planting, and he seems to have nothing but success with his crops. Hmph!

Onwards and upwards. At least the broccoli is coming along okay. (No, I didn’t plant it. That’s right, he did.)

I’m not saying any more about it.

Harrumph!
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8 thoughts on “First Failed Crop of the Year

  1. Shame about the cabbage. As it is still mild, why not get a packet of seed and just sow it? You never know and have nothing to lose.

    Sounds like the whitefly were already on the cabbages but then there are many garden mysteries…

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  2. What a shame. In my experience netting can exacerbate the problem – once they’re in and under it they stay in and breed, with nowhere else to go. Provided the plants get past the early stages of growth they should be robust enough to cope with anything other than a major infestation of whitefly. I’ve tried growing plants nearby to attract natural predators like ladybirds and lacewings. It doesn’t eradicate the problem but it makes me feel a bit better about it 😉

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    1. That’s a really good point about the netting trapping the pests, maybe we’ll dare to bare next time and go net-free! We do have borders of marigolds nearby which we hoped would deter pests – clearly not whitefly though!

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      1. I use French marigolds too, and I do believe their scent helps deter whitefly, but they’re clearly not enough on their own. I grew my cabbages without netting this year and closely interspersed them with French marigolds – i.e. planted side by side – and have had much less of a problem than I had last year when I used netting.

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