Kale Under Attack

Something has invaded my kale bed. I went out last night to harvest some kale for dinner and found the entire bed nibbled within an inch of its life.

kale

Upon further inspection, I found these tiny green worms to be the culprit.

kale-pest

I spent hours last night searching the Internet and reading up on these “loopers.” Most of the information I found recommended plucking the offenders off (impossible – there are too many) or treating with a spray of BT (bacillus thuringiensis) a naturally occurring bacteria. So I spent $30 today on the BT concentrate and a sprayer to treat my two beds of kale. As soon as I sprayed this evening, dozens of tiny little moth-like creatures erupted from the veggie bed. It appears I was a little late catching on to this invasion.

I could have purchased a whole lot of kale for $30, but it’s the principle of the thing!

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2 Responses to Kale Under Attack

  1. Jeannie says:

    Thanks for this info. I’m under attack same as you hopefully I’m not too late!

    • sjbennett says:

      I have been religiously treating the Kale with the BT and it is working! I plugged the worm riddled leaves and kept spraying. The new leaves are lovely – I’ll be harvesting soon.

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