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Beginner Gardening: Voracious Cabbage Eaters

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Lenoir City, TN

May 28, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9141666

Hi all,
I have some little green monsters about 1 to 2 inches long reducing my cabbage plants to mere little green balls of refuse. I have tried the sevin dust powder and they seem to enjoy this. I have a raised bed which also contains a variety of tomatos in well amended soil. Anyone have any ideas on how to rid my cabbage of these little monsters?
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

May 28, 2012
9:21 AM

Post #9141709

Saylorsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 28, 2012
7:22 PM

Post #9142511

I sympathize with your worm problem. My husband refused to eat my home grown broccoli and cabbage with the worms even though I rinsed them and soaked them in salt water. So I needed a solution besides spraying. Gardener's Supply came to the rescue!

Last summer I bought their 6' x 3' x 4' high pop up tent for my broccoli and Brussel Sprouts. I never had one worm, just slugs, which were easily dispensed with by using Sluggo. The new tall ones offered this year are bigger: 4' x 4' x 4' or 4' x 8 'x4' high. They also offer low ones. I used them free standing as opposed to putting them over a raised bed but found I had to reinforce the corners with extra bamboo stakes for stability.

The other cheaper method is to use hoops covered with bug netting such as they show here:,default,pd.html?start=12&cgid=VegetableGardening

In my opinion it has definitely been worth the investment since the broccoli is very happy and this year I dropped the Brussel Sprouts and planted cauliflower. In a few days I will add some Partenocarpic Zucchini (Partenon) since I want to avoid the borers and squash bugs and these don't need to be fertilizes by bees. That will be an experiment!
Pittsburgh, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
7:57 AM

Post #9144664

Tell your husband to suck it up. Fresh homegrown broccoli is one of the best vegetables. The salt water kills the cabbage worms. Even if there was still a tiny one in the broccoli, it would get killed during boiling and more than likely would just end up in the bottom of the pan. :)
Saylorsburg, PA
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2012
8:13 AM

Post #9144708

While you are correct that the worms get killed during the salt water soaking I was also tired of picking them off the veggies and they were doing so much damage to the cabbages that I was losing them. We tend to travel somewhat in the summer so I can't tend to them regularly. Now everyone is happy!! LOL

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Madras, OR

June 3, 2012
10:57 PM

Post #9151131

You can pick them off by hand, and destroy them. You can put a flat pan of clean water near them to attract wasps, who will in turn eat them. You can put a woven netting over the plants if your row is not too long, as it is the white moth/butterfly you see flicking around the garden that lays the eggs for these monsters.

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