Asked July 26, 2019, 1:26 PM EDT

Hello, I planted a few cabbages and place them under a floating row cover in the spring. All was well until it wasn't. The moths made their way in (with some weeds) and had a feast. Should I cut my losses, pull the cabbage now and plant something new for a fall crop? Thank you.

Baltimore Maryland

1 Response

Hi- we apologize for the delayed response. Yes, we suggest pulling the cabbage plants now as they are pretty stressed from the caterpillar feeding and weeds and will not properly head up in the mid-summer heat.

It is possible to trap pests under floating row covers if the cover is not tight to the ground or pests have overwintered in the bed. With your next planting, monitor for caterpillars and other pests under the cover.