Friday, April 22, 2011

Bloody grubs #3

 Remember that caterpillar riddled (I think I got at least 50 caterpillars from it) savoy cabbage I posted about (see Bloody grubs #1 and Bloody grubs #2) a few weeks ago. Well after some persistence at pulling the little buggers off the plant and a garlic and chilli brew/spray recommended by a good facebook friend it looks like it's coming good.

I'll tell you I'm bloody sure every cabbage moth for a hundred miles around must have laid it eggs on my Savoy cabbage.
Here it is photographed just this morning.

Oh and the chilli and garlic recipe. Pretty simple really.
I just blended two really hot chillies, a teaspoon of garlic in a cup of water. Let it sit over night, strain and add a few drops of dish washing liquid. Make it up to about 250mls of liquid, bung it in a spray bottle and away you go.
You'll need spray all the plant and both sides of the leaves and to keep applying it after rain or watering but for me, so far so good.

I might get to enjoy my savoy cabbage yet and even more so knowing all the effort I've put into it thus far.

Cheers and how's your Easter going so far?



Out Back said...


I picked some of my capsicums a few days ago and each one I cut open had a big green grub inside...yuk!

Quiet Easter at home this year, getting caught up on some jobs around here.


Stewart said...

I always figure I must be doing something right if it's good enough for the grubs to eat.

Matron said...

I've pretty much given up on brassicas apart from PSB. Those slugs just drive me mad!

Toowoomba Knitters said...

They sure can. But I revel in defeating them.

Julze said...

oh yes...I swear by garlic spray! and it's a great way to use up small/or unwanted bulbs from the garden that don't make it to the kitchen. :-)

Stewart said...

Hi Julze, so far so good, I thought I'd lost this one but it's thriving at the moment.

Ben McLaughlin said...

Hi, I'm just starting out with veggies, and my brocoli leaves are getting hammered by slugs. Do you think this garlic chilli thing would work on slugs too?