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Cabbage Worms – Importance of Daily Garden Checks

dino kale - cabbage wormsI was told when I put in my garden to check it every single day for damaging insects and slugs. I enjoy my morning (and afternoon) visits to my garden so much that it was never a problem to follow through on that. But with these crazy rain storms we’ve been having here in Western North Carolina, I went more than 2 days without checking in on it.

What I found was my young dinosaur kale ravaged by cabbage worms. Cabbage worms are a moth larvae that love kale, which is a member of the same family as cabbage. They are almost the same exact color as young leafy greens so you have to really look to see them. I found more than a dozen happily eating away all of the new leaves, leaving only green stalks sticking up.

But all is not lost. I removed them. The next day I went back out and removed a dozen more. The third day there were only a couple, which is pretty normal.

New leaves are growing in and I will have beautiful kale soon enough. I will not neglect my garden again; come rain, hail, sleet, or snow.

My chard was also attacked, but by slugs. The chard is so large and strong already that the slugs didn’t do much damage. I removed them to what I call “slughaven”. I can’t help it – I’m sentimental about slugs for some reason. I can’t bear to cause them harm.

One Response to “Cabbage Worms – Importance of Daily Garden Checks”

  1. Aunt Kathie on 29 Sep 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Sentimental about slugs, eh? Not me. They appear on my back porch after rain. They’re fascinating but… Fresh kale sounds lovely.

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