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Collard Caterpillars

Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 8:02 pm
by Walkabout
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.

Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 10:30 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
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...

Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 10:57 pm
by Walkabout
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.

Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 10:59 pm
by The Helpful Gardener
BT is not a chem; it's a biological. Still green in my book...