insects in the raised bed - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by jbourgeo
October 14, 2009
I planted cauliflower, brocolli, cabbage, swiss chard, lettuce and curley parsley. Something is chewing all the vegetable leaves except the parsley. Can you recommend an organic solution?

Answer from NGA
October 14, 2009
Because to the plants involved, I suspect caterpillars are at work. They are difficult to spot because they are the same color as the foliage. Double check the tops and bottoms of the leaves to see if you can spot these critters. If so, handpicking is the best defense. Applying Bt (bacillus thuringensis) is an option. It is a bacterium that targets only caterpillars and is harmless to other insects. If you find no caterpillars, the culprits might be slugs or snails. These critters feed at night so go outside with a flashlight to see if you can catch them in the act. If so, an iron based bait such as Sluggo is safe to use in the vegetable garden. Any product that is not consumed by slugs or snails breaks down into simple iron. Hope you find out who is feasting on the leaves of your plants!

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