Thursday, September 22, 2016

Great Idea's That Weren't So Great

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We thought we were on to the greatest idea this year. We wanted to have a second crop of cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli. We were so busy with veggies when the first crop was ready, we just didn't get to enjoy them the way we wanted to. It was just a matter of getting everything prepped and frozen for the winter months.

Since we started everything from seed over the winter, we would just do it again, right? We loved the idea. We had talked about this previous years, but you can not find any veggie plants for sale after mid-June. So, off we were. Truckin' Man got the seeds started and those little buggers were just growing right along. 

We had some perfect weather days, so he even moved them outside to get them some natural sun. It was about that time, I had to take over their care, because the 18 wheels were calling. The day I went into our makeshift greenhouse room and found this, I could have cried!

I immediately assumed one of the cats snuck past us, and got in there and chewed up our beautiful plants.

Nope... Then I found these.... In the end, I picked off 27 cabbage worms from 8 plants! 
Apparently in the plants short time outdoors, the cabbage moth found them, and laid some eggs.


I guess there is a reason you don't have second crop cabbage plants around here. Well, without sprinkling them with protection dust anyways!


25 comments:

  1. That's so frustrating - I hate those unexpected pests, makes gardening frustrating sometimes! It does sound like the first crop was fantastic - so that's success!

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  2. I totally know how you feel. I stopped planting this year even my mint got eaten up. very frustrating indeed!

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    1. Oh no! I thought herbs were good for keeping bugs away!

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  3. i love me some cats, but i do NOT love the destruction they can and do cause!

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    1. For such sweet creatures, they sure can create a world of mess!

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  4. That's too bad. We had bad luck with deer and rabbits eating our veggies in the garden this year. I hate it when unwanted guest help themselves to veggies.

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    1. That's so disappointing. I've seen the way the deer and rabbits can clear a garden. And it seems there are always plenty of wild fruits and greens that should be just as tasty and satisfying for them right next to the gardens!

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  5. Had wonderful crop of winter vegetables growing nicely (by seed))
    Woke up yesterday and all eaten down to the dirt!
    Oh well we have a farmers market all year round ��

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    1. OH no!!!! Thank goodness for farmers markets, right?

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  6. Oh no! It has certainly been a season of ups and downs, but I guess that is how gardening goes. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. It really is a gamble depending on mother nature, and the pests!

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  7. Hi Kris,
    It is so true the ups and downs of gardening. It really makes me appreciate the work our farmers do to feed this world. It is hard to battle bugs, weather and DEER! A doe came in and ate 10 of my gladiola that were in full bloom for market. ;-( I cried!!

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    1. She ate your flowers??? That is so sad..... We've been so lucky in not worrying about deer, I never considered they would eat flowers :(

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  8. Ugh! Stupid worms! They are the reason I haven't tried growing broccoli around here, because I've heard they are awful in our humidity. I tried to do a second crop of radishes in July, and that was pretty disastrous. They were eaten before they grew. That being said, I did get a second crop of carrots and green onions, which I was pretty excited about. I probably won't try growing radishes in the dead of summer again though 😀

    Have a great week Kris!

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    1. I had wanted so much to plant a second crop of radishes, and due to our never ending rain, I never got them planted. Based on your experience, it probably is for the best. Those radishes just weren't meant to happen for me!
      Did you start your second crop onions from seed or bulbs?

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  9. Oh no, how disappointing. You never can tell what mother nature will throw at you.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. You never do know. Just have to learn from our mistakes!

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  10. aww!!! this year same happened to my backyard garden also.. We didn't get a single broccoli.. all the potatoes came wrong.. zucchini did't grow at all.. overall this year we were not all successful in growing veggies.. :(

    please vita: http://from-a-girls-mind.blogspot.com

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    1. That's so disappointing. Hopefully next year will be more successful :)

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  11. Oh poor babies well that's so frustrating especially since they were grown by seed. Well maybe next year

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  12. Great article, love your sharing so much, thank you!

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