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Pardon if this has been asked before but I'm a newbie (both to vegetable
gardening and this newsgroup). I planted brussel sprouts for the first time
in my Massachusetts garden this year. The seedlings I started inside didn't
transplant well nor did many of the seeds I sowed directly take hold in the
garden. I only have about three plants growing. And now the leaves are
covered with holes and I'm finding inch-long smooth green worms on them.
They don't seem to be on any of my other vegetables or herbs. I try not to
use any pesticides on my small garden but I'd like to have my kids see at
least one impressive brussel sprout stalk grow to maturity...any suggestions
for non-chemical/pesticide deterrents for these pests?
Also advice on getting brussel sprouts to grow in the first place

Thanks
-Holly



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Sounds like cabbage loopers to me... they tore up my broccoli this year.
They were my "sacrificial" plants, and the rest of the garden did fine.
Organic Gardening has this write up
on possible solutions
http://www.organicgardening.com/feat...-9-266,00.html

heres another link that may be of some help
http://www.ghorganics.com/page14.html

good luck
tim


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Pardon if this has been asked before but I'm a newbie (both to vegetable
gardening and this newsgroup). I planted brussel sprouts for the first

time
in my Massachusetts garden this year. The seedlings I started inside

didn't
transplant well nor did many of the seeds I sowed directly take hold in

the
garden. I only have about three plants growing. And now the leaves are
covered with holes and I'm finding inch-long smooth green worms on them.
They don't seem to be on any of my other vegetables or herbs. I try not to
use any pesticides on my small garden but I'd like to have my kids see at
least one impressive brussel sprout stalk grow to maturity...any

suggestions
for non-chemical/pesticide deterrents for these pests?
Also advice on getting brussel sprouts to grow in the first place

Thanks
-Holly





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Tim Morton wrote:

Sounds like cabbage loopers to me... they tore up my broccoli this year.
They were my "sacrificial" plants, and the rest of the garden did fine.
Organic Gardening has this write up
on possible solutions
http://www.organicgardening.com/feat...-9-266,00.html
...........................


Just as likely it could be imported cabbage worms. It doesn't
matter, the treatment is the same. BT works wonders. I have much
better results with a form that you mix with water and spray on. (I
use Dipel.)
In the mean time, pick off all that you can find because they can
destroy the entire plant if left alone.
http://ceenet.msue.msu.edu/ipm/CAT03...bbageworms.htm

Steve

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I & H Prees wrote in message
k.net...
Pardon if this has been asked before but I'm a newbie (both to

vegetable
gardening and this newsgroup). I planted brussel sprouts for the first

time
in my Massachusetts garden this year. The seedlings I started inside

didn't
transplant well nor did many of the seeds I sowed directly take hold

in the
garden. I only have about three plants growing. And now the leaves are
covered with holes and I'm finding inch-long smooth green worms on

them.
They don't seem to be on any of my other vegetables or herbs. I try

not to
use any pesticides on my small garden but I'd like to have my kids see

at
least one impressive brussel sprout stalk grow to maturity...any

suggestions
for non-chemical/pesticide deterrents for these pests?
Also advice on getting brussel sprouts to grow in the first place

Thanks
-Holly

Don't know if you've noticed any white butterflies around, but if you
have, they're called cabbage whites here in U.K. They lay eggs on the
underside of any brassica leaves (cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts), these
hatch into either all-green or green/white striped 1" caterpillars, and
eat all of your crop.

Kill them. I'm an organic gardener so I do it by hand, leaf by leaf,
dropping the caterpillars into a pail of soap and water. Birds won't
even eat the caterpillars because they smell so bad (having eaten
cabbage). If you look on the underside of the leaves, you might see a
small yellow egg, or even a small group of eggs. Rub them off.

One tip about growing brussels sprouts that I only found out about
recently: they like to have thick soil around their roots, so get out
there with your gumboots and trample the plants in. If they grow in
loose earth, they don't produce tightly-bunched sprouts, they produce
sort of loose, cabbage-like things. Sounds like they prefer a more
clay-ey soil.

HTH, s.

I & H Prees wrote in message
k.net...
Pardon if this has been asked before but I'm a newbie (both to

vegetable
gardening and this newsgroup). I planted brussel sprouts for the first

time
in my Massachusetts garden this year. The seedlings I started inside

didn't
transplant well nor did many of the seeds I sowed directly take hold

in the
garden. I only have about three plants growing. And now the leaves are
covered with holes and I'm finding inch-long smooth green worms on

them.
They don't seem to be on any of my other vegetables or herbs. I try

not to
use any pesticides on my small garden but I'd like to have my kids see

at
least one impressive brussel sprout stalk grow to maturity...any

suggestions
for non-chemical/pesticide deterrents for these pests?
Also advice on getting brussel sprouts to grow in the first place

Thanks
-Holly





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Sounds like cabbage loopers to me... they tore up my broccoli this year.
They were my "sacrificial" plants, and the rest of the garden did fine.
Organic Gardening has this write up
on possible solutions
http://www.organicgardening.com/feat...-9-266,00.html

heres another link that may be of some help
http://www.ghorganics.com/page14.html

good luck
tim


"I & H Prees" wrote in message
k.net...
Pardon if this has been asked before but I'm a newbie (both to vegetable
gardening and this newsgroup). I planted brussel sprouts for the first

time
in my Massachusetts garden this year. The seedlings I started inside

didn't
transplant well nor did many of the seeds I sowed directly take hold in

the
garden. I only have about three plants growing. And now the leaves are
covered with holes and I'm finding inch-long smooth green worms on them.
They don't seem to be on any of my other vegetables or herbs. I try not to
use any pesticides on my small garden but I'd like to have my kids see at
least one impressive brussel sprout stalk grow to maturity...any

suggestions
for non-chemical/pesticide deterrents for these pests?
Also advice on getting brussel sprouts to grow in the first place

Thanks
-Holly







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Tim Morton wrote:

Sounds like cabbage loopers to me... they tore up my broccoli this year.
They were my "sacrificial" plants, and the rest of the garden did fine.
Organic Gardening has this write up
on possible solutions
http://www.organicgardening.com/feat...-9-266,00.html
...........................


Just as likely it could be imported cabbage worms. It doesn't
matter, the treatment is the same. BT works wonders. I have much
better results with a form that you mix with water and spray on. (I
use Dipel.)
In the mean time, pick off all that you can find because they can
destroy the entire plant if left alone.
http://ceenet.msue.msu.edu/ipm/CAT03...bbageworms.htm

Steve

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