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Old 07-10-2013, 01:35 PM
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Caterpillar eating my lettuce

I planted lettuce, broccoli and some brosset sprouts from seed. Well all my veggies and flowers this year are from seeds. But my lettuce, broccoli and brussel sprout are being eating by green caterpillars. This year I am just hoping to see lots of butterflies in my garden. But what should I do for next year to fix the issue.

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Old 07-10-2013, 03:32 PM
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That's a hard question because whatever will kill your green caterpillars (like B.T.) will also kill the caterpillars of the butterflies. For now, just hand pick the green ones and squish them.
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Old 07-10-2013, 04:00 PM
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All true caterpillars turn into butterflies or moths. The best and safest way to control them on veggies is to use food grade diatomaceous earth. It is totally safe and inorganic for food crops and used for worming farm animals. It is NOT a poison. The only danger it poses is if you inhale it. If you can't find food grade DE then the baited kind is just as good but crops treated with DE need to be washed in water before eating.

You'll need a duster to apply it.

DE is the shells of diatoms and it's literally like ground glass to insects that walk on it or consume it.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:49 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I really appreciated!
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:01 PM
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Sounds to me like a cabbage worm. If you can't get rid of them, they will eat every one of your plants. I mean completely. Like clear down to the dirt. They are pretty destructive.
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