Feb 20, 2009
No, silly! It’s to what you think! This is a gardening blog, remember?
Seriously though, I thought I was going to get away with nothing eating my greens in the cold frame, but when watering it yesterday, I glanced over and noticed one of the Mizuna was almost finished off- ‘Damn slugs!’ I thought to myself. I guess it’s time for my midnight checks. Well, maybe not midnight- I was tired last night. I went out about 9pm. I looked, and looked, and couldn’t find any slugs, not even a slimy trail. Then I looked a little closer at each little seedling and there it was, big as life, stretching the length of an upright leaf- happily munching away! Not a slug at all. I should have know, really, by the fact that instead of a hole in the leaf, the leaf was just gone.
I got rid of him in the garbage disposal- I know awful, but quick! I’d feel terrible if it ended up being a gorgeous butterfly larvae- but I’m sure it is just your standard caterpillar that loves the Oriental greens. I’ve read that other gardeners are having a few problems with these hungry guys, but haven’t ever found a name for them. Some of these gardeners gather them up at night, store them in a plastic container, and then feed them to their chickens in the morning- I wish I had chickens! I have a feeling I’ll find more, at least until the Mizuna is gone.
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