Picture Perfect Brassicas

Picture Perfect Brassicas

Call me crazy but I think I outsmarted the insects this spring. Normally, I’d be pulling cabbage loopers off my brassicas and handing them off to the chickens for a treat.

Beautiful Brassicas

Insect parents are just like the rest of us: they want to make sure they have food and shelter for their offspring. They evolve with and come out of hiding when their food source will be available.

Cabbage Looper Larva
photo by David Cappaert, Michigan State University

For years, I’ve had my vegetable garden in the same place. This year, I decided to experiment and grow everything in containers. My containers are at the opposite corner of the property from my veggie garden. These two containers are watering troughs planted with broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and kohlrabi.

Watering trough planter

I believe that by moving their food source, I’ve eliminated at least the first onslaught of cabbage moths. Let’s hope that’s a trend this year!

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