Bad bug news

As I eat my lunch, I thought I would share today’s bad bug news… has happened. We have cabbage worms. GASP!

I know I know, you are horrified, but it was unavoidable. I’ve seen the butterflies flying around, and it was only a matter of time before the green cabbage worms showed up…on the kales, cabbages, and collards. Who doesn’t enjoy a nice brassica?

So. What do we do? An experiment, of course!

I have been reading about natural pest controls. Obviously, prevention is key, but we have a few more years of pampering our soil until prevention can really be impact full. For now, I am investigating companion planting.

Companion planting is a technique where you can combine plantings of varieties in a way to either boost production, flavor and/or pest protection. There is a nice summary from Cornell that describes the possibilities. I will be trying blending plantings of French marigolds and nasturtiums with my pest-prone plants: brassicas, cukes, squashes, tomatoes and eggplants. I will be combining corn with soybeans, and I’ve already got beans growing with various lettuces. I’ll let you know how it all goes.

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