Melinda's Garden Moment: Eco-friendly Control of Cabbage Worms


      Whether your favorite side dish iscoleslaw, broccoli and cauliflower casserole or roasted Brussels sprouts –-you'll get the best flavor when you grow the main ingredients yourself.

      Andif you have –- you probably find the leaves of these plants riddled with holesby mid season.

      Worm-likelarvae eat holes in the leaves of these plants.

      Regularlycheck along the stems and between leaves and destroy any gelatinous eggs andgreen caterpillars you find.

      Applythe environmentally friendly Bacillusthuringiensis that kills only true caterpillars and is safe for people,pets and wildlife.

      Preventthe damage by covering these plants with a floating row cover. These fabrics allow air, light and waterthrough but prevent the insects from laying their eggs on the plants.

      Try interplantingshort season radishes with long season cole crops such as cabbage, broccoli andcauliflower. Not only will you doubleyour harvest, but you can also eliminate problems with root maggot on radishesby protecting the whole planting with the floating row cover.

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