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BrianSkilton
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Cabbage Whites Becoming a Huge Problem

Guys these little guys are ruining my garden. They not only screwed my cabbage, thank goodness I picked it in time but they are screwing everything else. This includes: tomato plants, kohlrabi, carrots even rhubarb i've seen the green worms!..etc basically anywhere they can lay there eggs they do. I've been killing them every single day 8-10 easy while I just leave the rest because its just impossible to get them all. Again I wake up to 20 if not more fluttering about the garden. I'm not sure what to do at this point, i can
t just cover the whole garden with some powder can I? I don't know what to do....stupid things.
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Grrrr, just killed 6 little green worms on my potted tomato plant on my deck too...
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On your tomatoes? Could you post photos of the caterpillars? Are they all the same? I can't imagine they can be the velvety-green ones.

Did you see [url=https://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28039]this thread[/url]? What do you think? I'm harvesting and sowing the ripe parsley seeds, as soon they form dried seed heads, all over the garden right now -- especially where I intend to plant my cole crops next spring. :wink:

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AS is right... the cabbage worms love cabbages and everything in the cabbage family (broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, etc) but I never heard of them attacking tomatoes.

Things to do for them: caterpillars are susceptible to Bt (sold as Thuricide and other names) and diatomaceous earth. They are preyed on by lacewings (which you can buy to release in your garden). They are repelled by mint, sage, rosemary, thyme, and anise hyssop, which are good to plant around your brassicas. Geranium oil spray also repels them.
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Thanks for the information guys. Yes, tiny green worms, on my potatoe type leaves tomato, so they are eating virtually everything. I will try to get a picture of them. I saw another 10-15 flying around my garden this morning again as well, they are absolutley screwing my plants over, my khol rhabi, tomatoes, cabbages, broccoli, black tuscan kale, kurly kale....etc

for now it looked like this: [img]https://www.bythedrop.com/gallery2/d/4473-2/Cabbage-Looper-Inchworm-Green-Tomato-Clovis[/img]
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I would get some BT and wage war.
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They also bother nasturtiums. They aren't related to cabbages, but for whatever reasons they can survive off them as well. They've been bothering our garden, but I've kind of let them go as I see them a lesser pest than some of the more serious things that actually kill plants (SVB, root maggots, etc) or spread disease (leafhoppers, aphids, etc).
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