January 14, 2018 at 1:43 pm #54815
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.January 14, 2018 at 4:19 pm #54816
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.January 14, 2018 at 5:31 pm #54822
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, soFebruary 2, 2018 at 7:45 pm #55148
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:February 3, 2018 at 3:41 pm #55151
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.February 11, 2018 at 1:43 am #55221
When you see the caterpillars dust them with diatomaceous earth,, Its so inert it can be eaten.February 12, 2018 at 9:55 am #55224
Thank you Allan.February 12, 2018 at 10:14 am #55225
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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Blimey that looks heavy Al. Is that you? I had to google ‘diatomaceous earth’, looks like you can get it on Amazon!February 12, 2018 at 2:01 pm #55228
Yes Hayl,Going back a bit, This is another name it goes under.
Attachments:February 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm #55230
good instructions on here.
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Looks brilliant Al and I’m guessing organic?February 12, 2018 at 6:20 pm #55233
Yes Hayl,As organic as you can get,February 12, 2018 at 10:39 pm #55234February 12, 2018 at 10:41 pm #55235
BTW, love that photo Al!
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