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Easy solution to free your vegetable gardens of cabbage moth !

Friday, October 18, 2013

I slept like a baby last night and feeling groggy and tired this morning, but apart from that feeling really good following yesterday's hospital procedure. I recieved a clean bill of health, no issues. One more item ticked off the list!

Over the past few days I completed the vegetable butterflys that I said I would. I used the back cover of a spiral bound notebook I had because it was thick plastic which was white on one side. I drew a butterfly freehand, cut it out and then cut the others out around it. Then I put a knife puncher hole in the centre, folded it in the middle so the wings stood up and pushed through a skewer to hold them in the garden with.

WELL, I have never in my life seen a real cabbage moth/butterfly scamper away so quick! It took off in panic and haste the moment it got close enough to see my little pretend ones on a stick. It was doing its loop de loop thing that it does around the garden in perfect rhythym looking for a place to land and lay its eggs and it loop de looped up to the garden bed, looped down into it as if it was going to land and then its loop de loop went out the window! Its little wings started flapping so quick and it darted backwards really fast and started zig zagging away in haste!! I guess the sight of three BIG pretend butterflys in the garden got it's little heart racing and it hightailed it out of there.

SO YES based on what I have witnessed this really does work!

So far these pretend butterflys have survived the attention of birds and dogs and are still standing tall and protecting my veggies.

I have an old large yogurt container here which I have washed and will make some more pretend butterflys out of as the inside of the plastic container is white, perfect.

There's another thing ticked off my Organic Gardener's Team To Do List! Happy butterfly making everyone!

Here is a close up photo -



Here is a photo of 3 pretend butterflys in my garden - can you see them?



Have a great day everyone!
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TSISQUAUSDI 10/29/2013 8:13PM

    Awesome idea! I will have to try this!

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CERTHIA 10/19/2013 5:48PM

    So clever! And decorative too!

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CHANTENAY 10/19/2013 4:08PM

    Wow, I never thought of this! What a great idea! I guess moths are more elaborate than I thought!

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FRENCHIEFILLE 10/19/2013 3:23AM

    Wow, you're quite the green-fingered whizzkid, aren't you?! That was quite funny to read. Do those butterfly scarecrow thingamajigs keep the odd scrawny moggie (cat) out too?

Great to see you back intact, alive and kicking, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, albeit a bit groggy and worse for wear, poor you. Quite an ordeal you had to go through, my heart goes out to you!

Thanks for your little comments on my blog. You probably didn't know, but I sometimes reply back to your daily comments on my blog page just for fun.

Keep your chin up, gardener! Got some lovely organic veggies awaiting you there!
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IAM146POUNDS 10/19/2013 3:11AM

    I love your cybernetic experiment! Your cabbage defence force is multiplying.

I am so pleased that you had a good night's sleep and that you got the all clear. You are bound to be feeling a bit groggy though, as these things are very emotionally draining.

Hope you take good care of yourself today x.

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SUSIEPH1 10/19/2013 12:19AM

    What a great idea Karen .. Glad it worked .. Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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DOVESEYES 10/18/2013 8:45PM

    Fantastic and think of the saving of all your lovely veges.

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WENDYJM4 10/18/2013 5:48PM

    great idea. I am going to do this. thank you

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