Cabbage worms

It's amazing how quickly the garden can go from a cool, almost carefree source of spring greens...


...to a battleground, where hordes of pests seem to appear almost overnight.


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In this case, it's cabbage worms on the potted Cabbage/Komatsuna hybrid plants on my deck. Where are the wrens?







Even after I set them on the please-restain-me-this-year deck railing, birds didn't find them -- or at least didn't find all of them. A couple actually made it back to the cabbage!

They don't seem to be a problem in the main veggie beds yet, but it won't be long.

I'll give these plants a shot of fish emulsion and they should recover, but will it be before they bolt?


Battling any pests in your garden yet?

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Lisa  – (May 9, 2013 at 7:50 AM)  

Oh, I have my eye on a cute furry little pest. A rabbit ate the tender tops off of a row of just emerging hostas. I haven't actually seen him do it, but because of the location I can't imagine it was anyone (anything?) else. Normally I wouldn't care - hostas seem to take just about any kind of abuse without too much trouble - but these were planted from roots last year and I was so happy to see them come back. Not to mention, hostas are ridiculously expensive - why is that? They are so easy to propagate. My son has a Jack Russell who patrols for critters when he visits - I need to borrow him for a few days!

Maywyn Studio  – (May 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM)  

I've seen a hole or two in the iris leaves that I haven't seen before. I haven't found what it is yet. Other than that, the little black beetles are about from the willow tree. Thankfully, this year nothing has bitten off the tulips.

Alan  – (May 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM)  

Chickens would also eat my cabbage, right? Besides, what would chickens be doing up on my deck? ;)

Alan  – (May 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM)  

Lisa: I wish I only had one rabbit. I was watching three of them just on my driveway yesterday -- who knows how many more were in the rest of my garden! Makes me wish super-whitey were still outdoors instead of living inside with us now.

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