Once the hard work’s done, the sweating and fretting, the planting and ranting, you can sit back and relax. Or not. That’s when the squatters move in. The little green ones, setting up shop under your tender leaves.
There are two green wigglies that can seriously change the way I feel about the garden.
One is named something that I don’t remember, but how important is a name? It’s a little green caterpillar, really tiny, that camouflages itself under the raspberry leaves, and can turn your patch into green lace.
My solution is nothing fancy; I just walk the row, picking off the holey leaves and throwing them in the trash. The raspberry bushes don’t mind. More often than not, if you flip the picked leaves over and look closely, you’ll find the culprit. I like this method because it’s free and pretty safe.
The other I’ve already written about a few times, and I do know its name; the cabbage looper. I know I’m kind of a broken record, but when something works, it works. Bt, Bacillus thuringiensis, is organic and dead-effective. It pays back the ravenous little bastards for their gluttony by working on their guts, and only the guts of guilty green worms.
I generally wait till I start to see a few holes (like above) and then diligently apply after ever rain or watering. The pay-off is non-holey leaves, non-squishy surprises floating in the broccoli water, and a great feeling of justice.