I’m all stocked up with bug stories to tell, so I think I’ll dub this Bug Week and handle them all at once!
I started seeds of some fall vegetables inside under the lights during the summer, and then planted them outside at the beginning of September. All was well until a couple weeks ago when we noticed that the little plants had gone from leafy and growing to stubby stems overnight. The perpetrator? A little green caterpillar.
Once we started really looking at the plants, we realized that they were infested with them. Five or six tiny leafy plants in our front yard containers had a grand total of 13 caterpillars tearing them up. I picked them off, tossed them on the sidewalk and then stomped on them (which was much less gross than stomping on tomato hornworms).
Later I checked in the backyard and found the same situation. The Brussels sprouts and broccoli were being decimated, and I think I even found some on the turnips.
So, gardeners extraordinaire: what say you? What type of bug is this that ate up my veg and left them as skeletons?
For the record – most of the plants survived and are bouncing back. I would guess that the delay in growth will set them back to the point that they won’t be harvestable before the end of the season, but we shall see. It’s worth a shot.