Walkabout
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Collard Caterpillars

Help! I have caterpillars eating my Collards. Now my Collards look like Swiss Cheese. They still taste good, but there's less to eat. :x
What do I do?

I'd prefer to use a natural method to get rid of them if possible, like attracting something that would eat the caterpillars.

The Helpful Gardener
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Don't forget that cattepillars turn into butterflies...

But you want to keep your kale...hand picking is right out? Then try BT as it is deadly to larval stages of insects and harmless to everything else...

Walkabout
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So the only chem-free route would be hand-picking them?

I thought about that, but I was hoping for a solution that didnt require daily inspections.

If it comes down to it, I suppose I will just go with the BT.

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BT is not a chem; it's a biological. Still green in my book...



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