The veil was actually a mosquito net/canopy thingy for over a bed. Now it is gracing the vegetable garden with it's presence to keep the white butterflies away from my brassicas.
Obviously, any gaps will need to be plugged.
Okay, some of you guessed correctly!
Last year I used a mosquito net over the brassicas and was able to produce PERFECT specimens without a single drop of insecticide or dust. I have read all sorts of advice on blogs about plastic butterfies, companion planting, manual removal of caterpillars.
But why bother when it is this easy?
So here is the second bed I have prepared for my brassica babies. First there are a few stakes and a frame made from string. You will notice I had to contend with the 'has beans' and the tomatoes...so last season, my dear!
Next is the net.
Well in this case it is a curtain bought from an op-shop, worn only once by a wanna be bride.
The union has already been consumated...and the fertile bed is already full of bouncing babies just like the one below.
To ensure this method works you must:
1. Make sure your seedlings do not already have any butterfly eggs on them.
2. Weight the bottom of the net and make sure there are no gaps.
3. Check regularly to make sure the wind hasn't conspired to open doors for the butterflies.
Thank you for your entries, some of which were very creative.
I have responded to individuals in the comment section of yesterday's post
The Winner is...
...Miss Ali...because she has a silver tongue and she wins all my competitions.