2 acre farm: Worms!

2 acre farm

The experiences, trials, and lives on a small farm in rural Illinois.

Friday, September 25, 2009


irst the aphids now worms. Oh the woes of natural gardening. I have been receiving rain on a daily basis for the past week and haven't got a chance to spray so the imported cabbage worms I have been battling have made some headway. Today mother nature finally brought some clear skies and sun shine so I got a chance to fire back with some tobacco tea spray. I also employed some good old finger smashing on ones I could spot. Imported cabbage worms are the cute little white moths that flutter about your yard. I have pictures of them below. They are are different than cabbage loopers which are a brown moth and the caterpillars have some subtle differences but all this is beside the point because either one will trash your cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower if not attended to. After spraying the little culprits I wrote an eHow article on how to make the spray here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5459005_make-mix-tobacco-nicotine-spray.html

Another option would be organic dipel dust but I didn't have any to use.

Tobacco tea or nicotine spray is a great contact killing spray because it only lasts for a few hours, which makes it have less chance of killing beneficial insects. I usually alternate it with garlic oil spray which I will have to do a how to on next time I use. Enjoy my enemy's pictures.


Blogger Unknown said...

for years whenever I plant any type of cole crop, I plant about six garlic bulbs around the plantling and rarely have I had any problems with these little buggers. Some but not much.

August 14, 2016 at 10:56 AM  

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