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!

Salty Pumpkin 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.

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (May 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM)  

You should get chickens. They would eat them :-)

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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