Kale devoured by caterpillars

by Mars
kale eaten by caterpillars

Our garden has been teeming with butterflies, but we’ve discovered that butterflies and kale (all brassicas in fact) are not a perfect match because the butterflies have laid larvae on our kale and the caterpillars that have emerged are having an all you can eat kale buffet, which we’re not hugely pleased about.

We do not use pesticides, so we reached out to avid gardeners and they informed us that the simplest way to get rid of these caterpillars was to simply pick them off the kale, which we have done and it’s been a success

Other useful advice was to cover the plants with a fleece.

 

kale mix

 

One of the other tips we received was to make a nettle tea and use it around brassicas (and other plants that like nitrogen boosts). This is a lengthy process, which takes about two weeks, and I’ll be looking into it because have no shortage of nettles at the bottom of our field. 

We’ll let you know how we come along with the nettle tea, but at least we’ve saved our kale for the time being, and our kale and butternut curry will remain on the menu.

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Brassica watch » My Home Farm 7 August 2020 - 22:09

[…] had my induction and crash course in caterpillars around this time last year when they devastated our only kale plant, so at least I know what I have to do. It entails a few […]

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