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Post  Denese on 9/3/2011, 1:24 pm

AAAGHH!! affraid Was just outside pulling my tomato plants, so I can put in my mustard, broccoli, etc. when what should I spy? TWO, count them, TWO pretty little white cabbage moths fluttering around! I grabbed my trusty fly swatter and smacked one, Twisted Evil the other got away. Evil or Very Mad I then started checking my brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower. Sure enough, EGGS!! Mad Smooshed all I could find. Since this is my first time to grow a fall garden, and I would hate to lose it all to little green worms, I need advice. I don't have any "row covers", and have never used BT. Which yould you recommend I invest in first, and what do you consider the best type of material for "row covers".
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Post  capatl on 9/3/2011, 4:23 pm

Hi Denese!

I had my first experience with Cabbage Whites last spring at our school garden. No fun! Our director sprayed some insecticide on a Friday afternoon (after kids had gone.) I don't remember what it was, and I am 90% sure it wasn't organic. Embarassed

Now that I have learned and researched more, I have found an organic recipe here

I used it last week at home, to address squash bugs and nymphs, aphids, and ants. It took a couple applications (2 days in a row) but the bug population seems to have lessened quite a bit. After picking squash bug eggs off my pumpkin vines DAILY, I haven't seen any the past 2 days. It says it works for caterpillars too, and all the ingredients were already in my kitchen. A huge plus! Lady bugs and bees are still around, too. Smile

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Post  Denese on 9/3/2011, 8:03 pm

Thank you capatl for the link. It's very informative. I have everything needed for the "garlic fire spray", so I'll give it shot tomorrow.

I am also still interested in what is everyone's favorite row cover material. Smile
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Post  gwennifer on 9/5/2011, 3:08 am

This has been talked about a lot lately (there's a broccoli contest going on...). When I asked for advice, I was told what you already know - BT and row covers. I started with the BT since I already had eggs and worms and I hoped it would be enough because I don't want to deal with row covers. I have to say, it's too annoying that the moths just keep coming! The BT doesn't deter them from continuing to come and lay eggs; it only kills the worms once they hatch and ingest it. Every time I look out the window I see them fluttering all around and laying more eggs. So I'm just going to have to cover them.

Bridal tulle from a fabric store is what I've been recommended.
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