27 April 2011
Backyard Garden: Cut Worms
I walked out to the garden this morning as I have every morning to check on the progress of my plants. Much to my surprise, my broccoli, which had big, beautiful leaves yesterday all of a sudden resembled swiss cheese. What could have possibly munched on my broccoli that quickly? After a closer inspection I found this.
I thought this guy has got to be full because most of my leaves are gone. Of course he had help. I pulled close to 20 worms off of ONE plant. I felt betrayed. Such a silly feeling, I know, but things were going along just fine without them!
I promptly got out my organic gardening book for natural solutions. One recommendation says to put a saucer of stale beer near the plant. The smell wards off pests. They climb up the stalk from the soil so adding a protective barrier around the base of the plant such as a straw or paper tube can keep them from climbing up. I think I'll be trying both.
Do you have any solutions?
Posted by abby at 7:36 AM