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  • #54815

    Ambersparkle
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    I had a good Crop of Gooseberries last Summer, but the Gooseberry Sawfly, took every last Leaf. What is the best thing to do, before it comes into Growth again.

    #54816

    cilla
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    Hi Tina. I’m sure it will have lost all its leaves anyway by now. There isn’t anything to do until it comes into leaf again, I wouldn’t think. It depends if you are organic or not and I am so I don’t know about deterrents. I’m sure our gurus will know. I always prune mine in the winter, taking off dead and crossing branches and making sure the middle is clear to keep the air circulating.

    #54822

    gertie
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    Like you, I had a bush, chez le Pres, a few years back Tina, that was stripped. I hard pruned and it was gradually coming back to life, so :fingers-crossed: :rose:

    #55148

    Hayley
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    I have a similar looking plant Tina. I decided to stick with it as it fruited really well last year despite the caterpillars. As Cilla said I’ve pruned any crossing branches to open the middle of the bush. Fingers crossed for us all going into spring.:fingers-crossed:

    #55151

    Ambersparkle
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    Thank you all will leave it, and first Day I can get out will prune it, always give it a light prune, anyway, and a Feed. Served me well over the Years. :good:

    #55221

    Allan
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    When you see the caterpillars dust them with diatomaceous earth,, Its so inert it can be eaten.

    #55224

    Ambersparkle
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    Thank you Allan.

    #55225

    Allan
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    Its a crushed mineral, just like chalk,I went down the tunnels in Africa where they dig it out,I used it in my Aviary for years,It is also good for getting rid of greenfly, flee beetle and red mite in chicken cots,

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    #55227

    Hayley
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    Blimey that looks heavy Al. Is that you? I had to google ‘diatomaceous earth’, looks like you can get it on Amazon!

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Diatomaceous-Earth-Powder-Fresh-Sourced/dp/B00A49Z9CQ

    #55228

    Allan
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    Yes Hayl,Going back a bit, This is another name it goes under.

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    #55230

    Allan
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    good instructions on here.

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    #55232

    Hayley
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    Looks brilliant Al and I’m guessing organic? :good:

    #55233

    Allan
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    Yes Hayl,As organic as you can get, :good:

    #55234

    Hayley
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    :good: :good: :good: :lol:

    #55235

    Hayley
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    BTW, love that photo Al! :rose:

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