The Milkweed Diaries

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Cabbage worm update

So the cabbage worms are doing what they do best: eating cabbage. We sprayed BT on the cabbage yesterday, and we'll hit the rest of the brassicas today.

I learned from Sandi that Christopher's pool net method is not entirely unique. She uses a badminten racket for cabbage moth control (see below).

We'll be able to save these cabbages, but I felt a blood lust for cabbage worms after seeing the damage. Here's to helpful bacteria (BT) and the good old-fashioned methods, too.


Dana said...

Hi Beth- right back atcha for thanks on reading my blog. I really like yours too. I didn't find the photo of the cougar, which I would really like to see. It excites me beyond words to know there are mountain lions sneaking around right behind our backs. Luckily it is not the average dumb ass redneck that is able to find and kill them for trophies. That makes me absolutely sick. My dear redneck friend Worm asked me to track some bobcats with him and then he wanted to shoot them if we found some. I casually begged him to fucking leave them alone. He was confused and was like "why the hell wouldn't I shoot them?" I could only say ," because I like them there..." I don't think he killed any, not because he was honoring my request, but because he spent his whole leave (US Navy) too drunk to see straight... Ain't that America. Love ya! Dana

Anonymous said...

I tried to plant some white mustards behind my house but I found many small black spots under their leaves after a few weeks. could it be the mustard beetles eggs or anything else?
I,m very curious to know since you seem have a lot of experiences.

Milkweed said...

Hmmm. So they were spots, not globs? I don't know. I would have to see the damage to hazard a guess.

Was this in the past or are you growing the mustard right now? My suggestion is to take a picture of the damage and also to cut off a leaf that has the spots and take the photo and the leaf in to your county extension office to see if they can tell you what it is. If that doesn't work, try a botany or horticulture teacher at a local college or university.

Readers, any thoughts?