Anyway, onions are in the Allium Genus which include a lot of flowers that grow from bulbs like lilies and also garlic, chives, scallions, and leeks. Last year I purchased some red onion seeds. I love red onions. I planted them all, but did not have any success at all growing them from seed. This year Tricia picked up some onion sets for me from the feed store. They aren't red onions, they are yellow, but they'll eat just fine. I'll educate myself more on growing onions from seed over the winter, but for now, we'll plant these sets.
|One onion planted...|
That didn't take long to get them in the ground. While I was in the garden, I'll generally pull weeds that are competing and attempting to crowd out our vegetables. While I was weeding I came across the following troubling sight:
I have a lot of Brassicas planted and every row of my brassicas had damage like you see above. Plants in the Brassica Genus include cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. For some reason a pest really likes them. They weren't touching anything else in the garden. We've experienced some success with applying lye soap spray to the leaves of plants that bugs are eating. All we do is grate some lye soap into some hot water to dissolve and then mix a few cups of water to the emulsion and put it in a spray bottle and spray the damaged areas. So let's get that started.
|Lye Soap Spray|
I didn't see at first what the pest was that was feasting on our plants, but while spraying, I spotted one of the perpetrators. Can you see him?
I plucked the guilty party off of the plant and acting as judge and jury, sentenced him to capital punishment. The hens were all too happy to be the executioner. I tossed him over the fence and pretty soon the 'eater' became the 'eaten.'
I applied a liberal dose of lye soap spray to the vegetables on the Brassica rows to hopefully 'clean up' the problem and bring an end to the damages.
|Leaves with a good application of Lye Soap|
I'll diligently check the plants to ensure that we've discouraged additional damages. If this doesn't work, I'll try to go through and physically remove the worms. I've heard that some people put some chickens in the garden for pest eradication and while I'm sure that works, my experience is that they cause more harm than good by scratching the ground and unearthing roots and eating the plants.