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Post  Garden_State on 5/25/2010, 10:09 pm

First year SFGer. Just had my first run in with cabbage worms on my broccolli. Looks like they got one small head completely and put some big holes in the leaves. 6 of 9 damaged. Now that I know what to look for...they are goners ARRRG...cabbage worms Icon_evil ...I hope
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Post  chocolatepop on 5/25/2010, 11:46 pm

yeah, they are efficient little fu...buggers are they? They destroyed much of my crop last year also. This year I headed them off and covered my box with tulle.
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Post  Chopper on 5/26/2010, 1:15 am

Tulle? You must have the prettiest crop on the block.
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Post  nidiyao on 5/26/2010, 9:11 am

I pay my youngest daughter a bounty on every cabbage worm she finds. She has better eyes than I do (ah, youth!) and can see tiny, tiny ones before they can do too much damage. We can really tell when she misses one!
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Post  boffer on 5/26/2010, 11:15 am

I like to joke about this, but it's been working for me for five years. I grow sacrificial cabbage. 4-6 plants every year, spread out among my beds. I let the cabbage worms eat my cabbage, and they leave my broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts alone. For me, it's a good trade off.
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Post  Dietryin on 5/26/2010, 2:05 pm

[quote="nidiyao"]I pay my youngest daughter a bounty on every cabbage worm she finds.


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Post  Little Thumb on 5/26/2010, 2:30 pm

I am having good luck with diatomaceous earth on my cabbage plants. Give it a try. It won't hurt you or the plants. Natural stuff.

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Post  Dietryin on 5/30/2010, 2:21 pm

@Little Thumb wrote:I am having good luck with diatomaceous earth on my cabbage plants. Give it a try. It won't hurt you or the plants. Natural stuff.

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Could you please elaborate more on where and how to use diatomaceous.
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Post  camprn on 5/30/2010, 3:07 pm

@Little Thumb wrote:I am having good luck with diatomaceous earth on my cabbage plants. Give it a try. It won't hurt you or the plants. Natural stuff.

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Suprisingly I could not find it in the orange box store this morning, so it is still hand picking and those little worms squish so easily. Twisted Evil
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Post  chocolatepop on 5/30/2010, 3:17 pm

some in for on DE:
http://www.planetnatural.com/site/diatomaceous-earth.html

most big box stores wont carry it, but some smaller stores will, also look at like farming, feed/seed, aco/ace type stores.
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Post  Jeff Buffington on 5/30/2010, 9:31 pm

They're after my broccoli as well... Sad

Been using the pick-n-squish method as well as Sevendust to try to control 'em.. but.. with our fickle weather here, it's hit and miss.
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Post  boffer on 5/30/2010, 9:45 pm

Jeff's back, everybody!!! smiles
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Post  Dietryin on 5/31/2010, 4:47 am

@chocolatepop wrote:some in for on DE:
http://www.planetnatural.com/site/diatomaceous-earth.html

most big box stores wont carry it, but some smaller stores will, also look at like farming, feed/seed, aco/ace type stores.


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Post  chocolatepop on 5/31/2010, 8:55 am

I purchased BT (Bacillus thuringiensis) and sprayed that yesterday. It is a bacteria that basically goes yum yum in the little wormies guts.
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Post  johnfromfl on 5/31/2010, 10:12 am

@boffer wrote:I like to joke about this, but it's been working for me for five years. I grow sacrificial cabbage. 4-6 plants every year, spread out among my beds. I let the cabbage worms eat my cabbage, and they leave my broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts alone. For me, it's a good trade off.

What is the old saying about farmers??? Plant a row for your self and a row for the wild animals.....The rest goes to market. (or something similar)
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