bird netting and cabbage moths

kari_newgardener(9)March 1, 2011

I have a question about controlling cabbage moths on broccoli. I just transplanted my seedlings outside last week and it looks like the cabbage moths have already found them. I saw a white butterfly, which I believe is a cabbage moth, in my garden yesterday.

I rigged up some bird netting to keep the birds away from my lettuce seedlings and just received a floating row cover in the mail today that I ordered.

When I got the row cover, it says it is a frost blanket. I thought I could use it to keep insects away, but I'm afraid it will make the broccoli, lettuce and kale seedlings that are in my garden now too hot.

Will the bird netting keep the cabbage moths away or should I use the row cover? Will the row cover make the seedlings too hot? It's already hitting the mid 70s here in temperature with an occasional day around 80.

Any help would be appreciated!

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

They will get through the bird netting. Get some row cover.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 7:07PM
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digdirt2(6b-7a No.Cent. AR HZ8 Sun-35)

Row cover material is sold in several - approx. 5 or 6 - different weights. It ranges from the lightweight "inset barrier" (which is what you need) down to 20 degree frost protection (which is quite thick).

I agree that bird netting won't prevent cabbage moths laying eggs.


    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 9:40PM
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shebear(z8 NCentralTex)

If you have the wrong row cover, just go down to a fabric store and get some wide tulle. It should come as wide as 108" and probably be white but it'll work. Get enough to double it because it's easier to handle that way. You can tape the edges with something like masking tape to keep it from tearing or make your own bias tape and use that if you sew.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2011 at 8:05AM
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Thank you everybody! Dave, I didn't know the row covers came in different weights. Thank you:)

And Shebear, that is a fabulous idea with the tulle! I'm off to Joanne Fabrics today to find some:)

Thanks a bunch everyone!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2011 at 11:52AM
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