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Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 10:13 am    Post subject: Go figure. Reply with quote
    

On my plot gooseberries don't get eaten by rabbits.
Neither do blackcurrants.
Planted two rooted Jostaberry cuttings (Blackcurrant x gooseberry), totally defoliated.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    


tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 11:57 am    Post subject: Re: Go figure. Reply with quote
    

Tavascarow wrote:
On my plot gooseberries don't get eaten by rabbits.
Neither do blackcurrants.
Planted two rooted Jostaberry cuttings (Blackcurrant x gooseberry), totally defoliated.


Not sawfly?

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

how big are the teeth marks?

VM



Joined: 23 Nov 2007
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Location: Lincolnshire
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I've just started putting rhubarb leaves under gooseberry bushes - tip from Wentworth for deterring sawfly. Anyone else do this / tried it?

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

VM wrote:
I've just started putting rhubarb leaves under gooseberry bushes - tip from Wentworth for deterring sawfly. Anyone else do this / tried it?
Nope but I'll give it a go.
Definitely rabbit damage on these two not sawfly or mice.

gray_b



Joined: 24 Jun 2011
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Location: Leafy Shires of the Midlands
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Could well be pigeons.

As they are stripping the foliage on most of my fruit trees.

Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 14 8:39 pm    Post subject: Re: Go figure. Reply with quote
    

Tavascarow wrote:
On my plot gooseberries don't get eaten by rabbits.
Neither do blackcurrants.
Planted two rooted Jostaberry cuttings (Blackcurrant x gooseberry), totally defoliated.


Sodium is a nasty, potentially explosive metal.
Chlorine is a toxic, choking gas.
Sodium chloride is tasty on chips.

Sometimes combinations are better than their parts, I guess.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed May 21, 14 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

You could try rabbit fencing just the plants affected. Stakes round the corners with extra in the middle if long runs. Ideal is to bury the rabbit mesh, but pegging or weighting will usually do. Turn it outwards and make sure it lays flat or is buried as the rabbits try to get under it where the obstruction is; where it goes upwards. Hope it works.

Tavascarow



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Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 14 5:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Go figure. Reply with quote
    

Nick wrote:
Tavascarow wrote:
On my plot gooseberries don't get eaten by rabbits.
Neither do blackcurrants.
Planted two rooted Jostaberry cuttings (Blackcurrant x gooseberry), totally defoliated.


Sodium is a nasty, potentially explosive metal.
Chlorine is a toxic, choking gas.
Sodium chloride is tasty on chips.

Sometimes combinations are better than their parts, I guess.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 14 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mistress Rose wrote:
You could try rabbit fencing just the plants affected. Stakes round the corners with extra in the middle if long runs. Ideal is to bury the rabbit mesh, but pegging or weighting will usually do. Turn it outwards and make sure it lays flat or is buried as the rabbits try to get under it where the obstruction is; where it goes upwards. Hope it works.
I've put some chicken wire around them now.
Hoping the pruning hasn't stunted them to much.

sueshells



Joined: 20 Jan 2009
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Location: North Bucks
PostPosted: Wed May 21, 14 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Might do them good (the "pruning"). The most productive dwarf French Bean plants I ever had were initially reduced to little more than stumps but they grew away and cropped heavily (even more heavily than is usual for French Beans).

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 14 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

a lurcher might provide evidence of the culprits

Mithril



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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 14 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I heard about the rhubarb top on here. I tried it last year, and unlike previous years, and no saw fly

Tavascarow



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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 14 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

dpack wrote:
a lurcher might provide evidence of the culprits

A good JRT (One on the left in my avatar photo) provided some evidence this morning whilst his father (One on the right) was patrolling the boundaries.
He even got to eat the best half before his dad had returned.
Usually Woody steals anything his son catches but not this time.

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