In an attempt to get more use out of the greenhouse in Winter (and to prove to himself that a polytunnel is a great idea), I planted some winter salad crops in large containers under the benches. My plan is to pull these out into the centre where there is more light, once the tomatoes are gone.
Anyway, on Friday, I decided to add some spinach as the seeds were on offer in Blooms. This is when I noticed that the salads are struggling rather.
Clearly being nibbled by something. But I didn’t have my glasses on, so had to be content with a quick check for slugs – didn’t find any. Next day, I went back equipped with specs to find the culprits.
(excuse the dodgy photo – haven’t quite got the hang of my new iToy yet)
Found lots and lots of caterpillars – I fed them to the chooks! I guess that’s the price you pay for a summer of butterflies. But what now? Should I rip these plants out and start again, or will they recover? Definitely need more caterpillar patrols, though.