I wish I'd gone back and read Bob Nixon's Aug 7 post about covering broccoli transplants with tulle, because the cabbage moths sure did visit my broccoli patch this year (see right). Still, I have developed a somewhat effective tactic for dealing with cabbage worms once they emerge onto the scene. It's a new game I like to call 'Cabbage Worm Armageddon'.
Since I only have a few plants, I favor mechanical control methods; namely, hand-picking them off the stems each morning. If you only have a few plants this doesn't tend to take too long, though cabbage worms are a little challenging to spot:
Isn't it convenient for them that they're exactly 'broccoli-colored'? Still, not to be outdone, I pull the little buggers off and compile them in my driveway:
And a close up:
So once I get them all rounded up, here's where the game comes in:
CABBAGE WORM ARMAGEDDON!!!!!
Due to the graphic nature of subsequent activities, visuals of what happens next not included...
I'd like to say that 'no cabbage worms were harmed in the making of this blog post', but, well, I guess that's not really true. Still, I'm happy to report that while my broccoli plants have sustained some worm damage, they're just starting to form heads and so there's hope for a fall harvest yet!!!