Originally Posted by thumpershere2
For the gardeners out there. What do you use other then chemicals to keep bugs off your plants? I have something starting to eat on the leaves of my cabbage.I have heard about a dish soap mixed with water but not sure if that would work. Any ideas? Thanks.
It's probably cabbage worms that are eating on your plants. They are larva of those pretty little yellow butterflies you see flitting around in your garden.
Insecticidal Soap is an excellent product, but the best solution for your cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower is bacillus thurengenisis...available as Dipel Dust or Thuricide liquid. It's harmless to humans and beneficial insects. Dipel works only on worms, by paralyzing their digestive systems, causing them to starve to death.
By the way, Insecticidal Soap is not your grandma's lye soap. I used to buy it in 2 gallon jugs to use in the greenhouse, and UPS always tacked a hazardous shipping charge on the bill. Go figure.
My Grandma White, an Amish lady, made her own soap. After she got done washing clothes or scrubbing the floors, she'd throw her washwater out on her vegetable garden. If you can find some good old-fashioned lye soap, shave a little into a bucket of lukewarm water, stir to dissolve, and spray it liberally on your cabbages.