Help I'm infested with cabbage worms!
I live in Florida and HAD a beautiful garden. I had squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, pumpkins, eggplant, green peppers, tomato, and lettuce. I started noticing the leaves on my pumpkins, squash, cucumbers, and cantaloupe had holes in them before I knew it the leaves were disappearing and the stems were dying off. I finally saw the little creeps they are green worms with white stripes which I did some research and found they are cabbage worms. I had to cut all the infested leaves and each leaf had atleast 3 on it some had over 10! I lost over 70% of my garden. My question is what can I do to keep the worms away? I read that there are nets that you can put over the garden however my garden is huge and it would be very costly to do this. Is there another way? Please help I am very upset that all my hard work is being destroyed.