How to protect your broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage seedlings (without spending a fortune)

A few years ago, I grew cauliflower and broccoli in my raised beds. They did great, and I couldn’t wait to harvest them and inflict them on my family use them in lots of different recipes.

Then the cabbage worms came. Zillions of them. Since broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage are all brassicas, the cabbage worms like them all. Since I wasn’t going to spray them with chemicals, and didn’t have time before work to inspect the leaves and pick off bugs, I lost the whole crop. I was devastated (but Papa was happy).

A few years later, I found one of these nifty gizmos in a garden catalog. It’s called a moth-blocker, and is made of really fine mesh that lets water and sun in and keeps the bugs out. The only problem–it’s $35. Ouch!

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Laundry Baskets: BrownThumbMama.com

There’s no way I’m going to spend $35 to cover each plant! I could buy a lifetime of organic veggies for that price.

Then, at a recent trip to Ikea, I found the perfect solution–a cylindrical, fine mesh laundry basket priced at a reasonable $7.99.

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Laundry Baskets: BrownThumbMama.com

It’s not custom-made for the garden, but it should do the job quite well. I put it over half of my broccoli and cauliflower seedlings and left the rest out in the open as a control.

How to protect your broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage seedlings (without spending a fortune): BrownThumbMama.com

Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Laundry Baskets: BrownThumbMama.com

Now we wait. I’ll let you know if the basket does the trick!

How do you protect your winter crops? Share your tips with us in the comments!

2 thoughts on “How to protect your broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage seedlings (without spending a fortune)

  1. Danielle Fish

    Hi, Brown Thumb Mama -
    Kudos for finding a cheaper alternative! Have you considered building one of these? Even I, a first time this year gardener made it work! After you build it, you can place any of a few coverings like fine mesh, plastic for when it’s cold, etc. etc. Just another thought and hope it helps!

    http://www.sunset.com/garden/backyard-projects/ultimate-raised-bed-how-to-00400000011938/page6.html

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/lawn-garden/build-a-raised-garden-bed-cover-15566073

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