Saturday, December 19, 2009

Snow Brings to Mind Gardening

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Amanda and I went out in the deep snow yesterday and played. We also took a walk in our now covered garden. I thought the brussels sprouts plants looked like small Christmas trees until I got close enough to really look at them. This last summer was the first time we planted sprouts since moving up north ten years ago and when I set them out I didn't think they would do well. What really concerned me was that I wanted to grow and harvest without using chemicals. That's hard to do with plants like cabbage and brussels sprouts because the cabbage white butterflies absolutely flock to them.

They came in droves. I really didn't know what to do and in the end it was resort to chemicals or handpick the worms off the plants. My husband doesn't have the same patience in gardening as I do, so a bit of chemical spraying eventually hit the plants. Interestingly, the chemicals didn't work so well. It was back to handpicking.

Now tonight I visited and looked up what their website suggested concerning cabbage worm control. They say that B.t. (Bacillus thuringiensis) works well. I guess I should have spent a little bit of time researching. Next spring and summer I'm going to try it.

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