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Friday, May 14, 2010

Attack of the Cabbage Worm!

Survival of the fittest certainly applies in my gardens - mainly to the bugs though! I usually have a mild infestation of cabbage worm every year, but with only about 30 broccoli plants, they're easily controlled with row covers and hand picking.. Yet, until today, I never realized how tenacious these little critters were!

About an hour ago, I brought some more broccoli, purple cabbage and celery transplants up to the garden to plant. After I planted my six celery seedlings, which took about 2 minutes, I turned around and there were already cabbage moths on my broccoli and cabbage transplants! Talk about moth to a flame! The seedlings were still in their packs and had only been outside for about 5 minutes. Where did they come from? How did they know? Who knows!

I guess it's time to get out the row covers!

Happy Gardening!


3 comments:

  1. I will be fighting back this year with a butterfly net purchased from the dollar store! Last year,I also used old sheer curtains and sometimes the white butterflies would sneak in and then I could squish them.Nothing ruins a good cabbage like slugs and worms.

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  2. is that cabbage from one of the seeds I sent you? It looks very healthy.

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  3. I wish Pete! That is one of my broccoli plants.. and it doing much better than the cabbage.. I have 2 left - fingers crossed! :)

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