Posted by: Anne | 29/09/2010

Slate backed Moth!

I visited Malvern Autumn Show last Sunday and helped Jane on the Implementations copper tool stand.

It was lovely to meet lots of fellow copper tool users who have had amazing results using copper tools and as I listened to Jane explain why she thinks they work so well, I learned so much. She talked about having iron tools that are always in a state of degeneration whereas copper tools are not. Better to use a product that is helping to put copper back into the ground and sweeten the water to help your plants to grow.

A lovely gentleman came along and chatted to me. He explained that his name was Charles and he is Joe Swifts ‘mentor’. Joe is one of the presenters of BBC’s ‘Gardeners World’. He said that he had won many prizes for his vegetables and especially tomatoes… ears pricked up!

‘I have had a terrible problem with caterpillars on my tomatoe plants’ I explained. He knew all about this problem and has had it himself in the past. They are from the ‘Slate backed moth’ and because of their colouring, are almost impossible to see in your greenhouse. He said you have to shine a strong torch into the greenhouse and you may see them. Shake the plants and watch the caterpillars drop off – then remove them to somewhere that they can’t get back onto your tomatoes. I tried spraying mine with washing up liquid solution, and although it seemed to get rid of the caterpillars, the tomatoes didn’t like this being done to them and some of them discoloured and didn’t look too appetising.

With the ones that were ok, I made ‘fresh and sun dried tomato chutney – with a few chillies – just to make it interesting! This recipe will follow.

Happy gardening.


  1. Hi Anne,

    Have been popping back to your blog regularly, but you’ve not updated for a while. I hope you’re okay, not gone down with anything nasty.

    Still have two rows of potatoes to dig up – King Edwards. All the others are in hessian bags in my (newly erected) shed!

    Finally, after a year lying in a heap on my plot, my daughter, her fella and I put it up. It’s not the best bit of building ever done, but so far it’s still standing. So now I’ve managed to get the barrow on the plot, as there’s somewhere safe to store it. What a difference that’s made! And I don’t have to trek the tools up everytime I go there.

    Just planted some onion sets to overwinter. Didn’t get much of a crop this year, so hope to do better with these.

    Best wishes,

    • Hi Kate. How lovely to hear from you. Sorry for my absense! I have been working lots of hours at work and every weekend at shows during September and early October. But I have thoroughly enjoyed myself. So the garden and blog are both in need of some serious attention! Not to mention the kids and Husband! My blog has been updated so do keep looking and commenting, I love to hear from everyone.

      Lots of love Anne. x

  2. I really enjoyed your company at the Malvern Show, Anne, and at the London RHS show the following week. Thank you for your help. Being at events like these is a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people. We are part of a large and growing community!

    • It was a lovely that which I thoroughly enjoyed. Your stand looked lovely. I think the RHS building is amazing. I hope I can visit that show again next year. Lovely to see you Jane, take care and keep in touch.

      Love Anne. x

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