Have you noticed those cute little white butterflies flitting around your brassica family plants? (These would be cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, and my personal favorite, brussel sprouts.) Those are cabbage moths and they are not so cute when they start multiplying.
The nasty caterpillars with their voracious appetites will devour your plants and with them, your hopes and dreams for having fresh roasted brussel sprouts with your Thanksgiving dinner!
If you want to save your sprouts without resorting to pesticides, I recommend an intensive search and destroy mission several times a week.
These are the tools that make it bearable for me. I can't wait for the day when I can delegate the task of caterpillar decimation to the Littles. Cannot wait!
How to kill the cabbage moths:
- If you don't like touching squishy things, glove one hand and have garden snips ready in the other.
- Carefully inspect each leaf. Brush off the tiny little eggs hiding underneath the leaves. Brush off any thread sized caterpillars or cocoons you happen to find.
- When you find those bigger caterpillars, they must be squashed. I use the garden snips to do the job. *shudders* It is not pleasant, but it must be done.
- Repeat every couple of days. Vigilance is crucial!!
You DID catch the children's book reference, right?
Just had to be sure. :) I'm a big Eric Carle fan as are my Littles, though I can never read this one in quite the same way.