Collards & Kale - how to stop little green catepiller
We grew our first Collards & Kale last year on our little urban farm. They did just lovely - UNTIL this little green caterpillar (I'm told it's a white moth) took up residence. The thing just decimated them. What can I do to stop this guy this year? I tried Dr. Bonner's castile soap, but it bleached the leaves. It was actually recommended to get Dr. Bonner's lavender, but the store was out. Perhaps that was my mistake. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated as we are juicing now and want all the leafy greens we can get. The solution, of course, has to be organic.
Also, the collards got huge and my husband just cut the stalks down after it got cold. We did this because I was so disgusted with all the green bugs hanging on and eating holes in them. The roots are still there. Will the collards comes back in the spring or do we need to get those roots up and plant again? Thanks again.