Its that time of year again, barassic season! And that can only mean the dreaded White Cabbage Moth and Butterfly. One of the most commonly asked questions is “How do you stop them?” Well here are my best tips to controlling, eradicating and preventing these little mischief makers.
Prevention is better than cure. In most gardens it’s not a matter of if they will come but when. The moths and butterflies aren’t the most cunning of critters and are easily confessed but they are territorial. Making little moth shapes out of white plastic, sticking them on sticks and dotting them around the garden will make them think there are other moths already in the area. Scattering egg shells around your seedlings will do the same thing and they moths will stay away and move onto less populated areas.
Stealth mode. How the moths find your veggie patch in the big wide world of plants is a mystery, but I suggest smelling them out could be one way. Try camouflaging them in your garden by planting them in amongst stronger smelling plants like lavender, rosemary or chives.
An old gardener told me once that moths have become accustom to flying in straight lines. Perhaps they have adapted to following the rows on large scale farms, and it seems to agree with them. Of course there is absolutely no research to support this, but desperate times… Dotting your seedlings around your garden amongst the smelly plants, under the taller ones and not in lines… I think we could be onto something here.
If you don’t have 100% faith (or absolutely no faith) in the above suggestions then a physical barrier like a net is your best bet. Try an old lace curtain or a purpose brought product like Vege Net as a barrier to stop the moths. Keep in mind this will also stop all other bugs as well so don’t put it over crops that need the flowers to be fertilised to set fruit, like tomatoes for example.
Don’t panic! Having a hole in your leaf isn’t going to be the end of the earth, it won’t affect the flavour and once it’s chopped and cooked you’re not going to notice it.
Do you have a great way of keeping moths of your cabbages or other winter greens? Tell us we’d love to hear.