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Thread: Cabbage worms

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    Any tips on getting rid of these little green eating machines? I picked off a bunch, but my poor broccoli plants have many skeletal leaves now

    I have them in containers, with a marigold in each. Mostly cool rainy weather this year, which isn't helping.

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    Other than trying to cover them and hand picking, which is a problem in and of itself, Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) might be your best bet. It is considered to be an organic method and can be successful with proper application. Good luck! I know the frustrations that trying to grow brassicas to harvest can bring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrstark View Post
    Any tips on getting rid of these little green eating machines? I picked off a bunch, but my poor broccoli plants have many skeletal leaves now

    I have them in containers, with a marigold in each. Mostly cool rainy weather this year, which isn't helping.
    BTK (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki) will work wonders.

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    You can also use FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth. Although they do not have exoskeletons, I have heard that it works and is very inexpensive and all natural.

    Do not buy the crap at home depot it has nasty stuff mixed in, order it online and only buy the food grade.

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    The previous recommendations were great. You can also spray with a dilute mixture of dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap for a quick/temporary fix but it will burn the leaves a bit for sure.

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