Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The unveiling of the cole crops
It is time for plan B - or rather BT.
Bacillus Thuringiensis (or better known as BT) is an organic widely used means to control cabbage worms. It doesn't hurt the butterfly or prevent her from laying her eggs, but when the caterpillars emerge and start to feed - they die! Before they have a chance to do any real damage. And it is completely harmless to humans.
So I mixed some up today in my fancy new sprayer and off went the too small row cover.
All of the broccoli survived, but some just isn't doing as well as others. They are healthy looking but smaller and behind in development - maybe they didn't get as much sun and water because of how the row cover was gathered over them?
I'm thinking they will not get as big as the ones in the grocery stores (especially with the heat wave predicted the next few days), but I'm hoping I can figure out when to harvest them before they bolt.
The plants that were grown under the row cover are big and strong and healthy looking.
I'm so excited! I will buy more for next year and make sure I cover my eggplants in addition to the cole crops.
An idealist is one who, on noticing that roses smell better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.
H. L. Mencken
I'm linking this up to at An Oregon Cottage.