Top up with more mulch making sure to prioritise tomatoes and leaf crops. Give an application of liquid fertiliser like compost/bokashi bin/worm tea diluted with water especially to tomatoes, egg plants and peppers. Don’t cultivate unnecessarily between rows during dry weather.
Be on the look out for Papilio demodocus also known as Citrus Swallowtail on young citrus trees. One larvae, also known as an orange dog, can eat quite a few leaves and leave your tree quite bare. They are well camouflaged and look like bird droppings to the untrained eye. We found larvae on our orange tree in the night and finally solved the mystery as to how the citrus trees kept losing all their leaves.
They make beautiful butterflies with a large wingspan of 85mm. They are black, banded, spotted and speckled with yellow hind wings each with two black, blue and orange eyespots.
The A – Z of Vegetable Gardening in South Africa by Jack Hadfieldhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_demodocus
Field guide To Insects of South Africa by Mike Picker, Charles Griffiths and Alan Weaving, 2004.
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