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Re: cabbage pest??

Post  Pepper on 5/4/2013, 6:06 pm

I hope this is not hijacking a thread but.....
Even knowing about these pest I got bit this year again. I built my tulle covers(fliptops) just for preventing the cabbage moth/worm. I knew I had messed up several weeks ago when I saw my first moth before I had put on the tulle. It had been so cold and windy I got complacent. So when I picked the few worms I saw and I was looking, thought I was in the clear. Last week I picked a dozen or so worms out of my bed 1 and a couple from bed 5 that has the cabbage. I had killed one moth in bed 1 that got in from plant sprawl. Long story short a few days later I killed a moth in bed 5 now this is what I found. The not so little culprit is on the right side of the head with it's buddy above on the leaf in the center.

I know to submerge the harvested head in salt water to remove the worms. What is troubling me is what the heck is all these little green balls laying everywhere. When smashed they make a green juice.

I remember last week sometime seeing that you can harvest the head but leave the root and new heads will form. I would like to know if I would be better served just replanting.

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Post  camprn on 5/4/2013, 6:32 pm

Squish 'em and then my advice is to directly cover the cabbage head itself with the tulle.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/4/2013, 6:43 pm

What are those green things? Are they cabbage moth eggs?

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Post  camprn on 5/4/2013, 6:48 pm

@CapeCoddess wrote:What are those green things? Are they cabbage moth eggs?

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Little worm poopy pellets. You will know them well, eventually.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/4/2013, 6:54 pm

pale

Would they make good compost, like earthworm poop?

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Post  Pepper on 5/4/2013, 6:56 pm

That is what I was hoping to hear Camp. Well it beats more eggs. I believe the moth eggs are small white balls on the underside of the leaves.

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