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Old August 18, 2017   #16
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Broccoli Rabe started and I think they are above bunny stage and ready to plant out. The Bunnies usually like the small tender greens, so I hope so!
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Old August 20, 2017   #17
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My broccoli, cauliflowers are still in cot leave stage.
We don't have many bunnies around here. Chicken hawks hunt them.

Of all the things, spinach have not sprouted yet. I know spinach is very tricky in sprouting.
Arugula and fenugreek are growing like weeds.
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Old October 8, 2017   #18
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I am getting really impatient for the cooler nights and days to start soon. It is still too warm to set out my fall crops and the whiteflies are terrible. I really hate to set out cole crops too early as they will set heads way too soon and I will end up with a bunch of one inch broccoli and tiny cauliflowers. I would rather wait and risk it being too cold. I can at least cover them and have a winter crop then.

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Old October 8, 2017   #19
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I wore myself out with too many tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant this summer so I just planted Kale.

Kale overwinters great in Virginia and I love working outside in the cold and grabbing a few leaves to munch on!
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Old October 8, 2017   #20
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My Broccoli rabe is just at harvesting stage and full of cabbage worms! So disappointed. Is this likely less of a problem in the spring?
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Old October 8, 2017   #21
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Sue:

All my vegetables are virtually insect free in the early spring.

I can't remember ever having to spray cole crops until my cabbage heads were fairly mature in early summer. I munch many of cole crops right out in the garden and have never encountered any extra protein!

Much different in summer and fall until some cool nights. Cabbage worms can really strip the plants quick.

The good news . . . cabbage worms are really easy to control with Bt which is really safe to use. (I use the mosquito version of Bt too with great results.)
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Old October 8, 2017   #22
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Sue,
Mine are just like yours...except for the kale, which is flawless. All of the rest were reduced to skeletons quickly. I put in seeds recently since we are not supposed to see frost until the end of November. For the remaining plants, I need to decide on a treatment for the tops and bottoms of the leaves soon. This has been the strangest gardening year ever. At least four days of rain coming after a lengthy period of dryness!

Never seen so many insect pests.
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Old October 8, 2017   #23
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Our gardening season is coming to an end and they are starting to put away gardening supplies already. I went and bought a new sprinkler at Home Depot maybe 2 weeks ago and they told me they would be removing all the gardening supplies soon, so what is available is probably limited. I only have BT in the form of dunks right now. It also kind of turns me off to consider putting it all over the leaves I am going to eat.
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Old October 8, 2017   #24
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The dunks are likely Bti - a form of bacillus that controls mosquitos and gnats. You would need the Btk form that is effective against caterpillars - so no need for crumbling the dunks!

Others are free to correct me, but I've always considered Bt to be about as safe as insecticidal soap. There's always hand removal!
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Old October 8, 2017   #25
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I may look when I go out today and see if there is anything left.
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This fall, I'm going to remove the garden fences and supports. Push soil away with a tractor, and forget it was ever there.
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Really, Robert? No more gardening at all any more?
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