Companion Plants for Broccoli/Collards

suznjn(z5 MA)August 29, 2012

Hi Everyone! After several years of not having a veggie garden I got back into it this year and have been having a wonderful time - which means I'm back to Garden Web! I have three 4x6 square foot gardens and all have done very well this year - but - I have had a terrible problem all summer with Cabbage Moths/Worms attacking my broccoli and collards. Earlier, I diligently picked off the worms as I found them. I have been able to harvest my broccoli heads and lots of florets as well as several meals of collards, but now they have taken over my collards and they are a lost cause. I have read that Oregano and Thyme inter-planted with broccoli can prevent Cabbage Moths. Has anyone tried this?? Thanks!!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lgteacher(SCal)

The most effective way to keep cabbage worms off your plants is to prevent the butterflies from laying their eggs. Netting works well. I have not heard of people having much success with companion plants as a deterrent.

Here is a link that might be useful: Net on brassica

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 10:14PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
woohooman

Use BT. It's organic certified and effective.

One word of caution though -- if using to control hornworms, you'll want to use it when the larvae are small. If they get big, it's not very effective. I usually use it Day 1 on my tomatoes and peppers from the time I transplant outside. That way I can protect the "children" and finding the caterpillars when the plants are large is virtually impossible.

Good luck.

Kevin

    Bookmark   October 6, 2012 at 11:21AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
keski(6)

I start the season with illusion tulle netting as a row cover. This year, after I removed the netting, I put down egg shell halves around the plants. I see cabbage butterflies around but didn't have any worms on my broccoli or cabbage.
Keski

    Bookmark   October 19, 2012 at 7:45AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Mighty Matos / Mighty Veggies and SFG
Does anyone here have experience with SFG and Mighty...
tafountain
What should I use to fill my raised beds?
I'm going to be making some raised beds in my backyard...
hazeldazel
Looking for bloggers
I am looking for folk interested in writing about square...
Andrew_Green
Onion spacing- 16/sq ft vs. Dixondale recommendation
Dixondale farms suggests 4" between onions, and...
mmqchdygg
Probably A Dumb Question But
My backyard in AZ is entirely gravel/rocks and pavers....
tascer
Sponsored Products
Fosters Point Planter With Rose Hydrangearangea Orchid Berry
Beyond Stores
White Cedar Unstained Arched Arbor
Fifthroom.com
Artless | I Don't Mind If You Forget Me Coat Rack
YLiving.com
Iannone Design | Hummingbird Graphic Console - Tall
YLiving.com
Madison Avenue Double Floor Cabinet - 7060
$98.59 | Hayneedle
Fresh Balsam 24-inch Plaid and Gold Wreath
Overstock.com
Tulip Chair in Orange
| Dot & Bo
Floating Flower Vase
$24.99 | Dot & Bo
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™