I really need to rework the way I'm using my floating row covers. The PVC hoops are too large, and it appears that I wasn't able to secure it well enough to keep out the pests.

broccoli eaten by cabbageworms

Can you see them? The little green cabbageworms that have eaten up some of my plants? There are two of them in the picture. Amusingly, I didn't apot any damage or bugs on the cabbage, just the broccoli and cauliflower. The broccoli must be their favorite, since they have the most damage. I wonder if they aren't eating the cabbage because it's red. They were on most of the broccoli and cauliflower plants right next to the cabbages.

close-up of cabbageworm, the cabbage butterfly caterpillar

The cabbageworm isn't a worm, but the caterpillar of the cabbage butterfly (some call it cabbage moth). I wasn't able to spend much time in the garden for a few days, and never noticed eggs on the leaves, so I didn't expect to find these little critters and all the damage they managed to do when I wasn't looking. I picked them off, about a dozen, and did an egg check. I did a good dusting of diatomaceous earth on the leaves and around the plants. Hopefully, that will keep them from further damage for a little bit. On a positive note, the first dusting seems to have stopped the slug activity.

And something is eating my radishes, too!

radishes with bug damage

I'm not sure what's eating them. Maybe flea beetles. I hope the diatomaceous earth will help put a stop to whatever it is.

Luckily, it's not all bad news and leaf damage out there. The peas are growing so fast, I think you can actually watch them grow with a little patience.

Peas on a trellis

The other peas (snow and sugar snap) are also growing well in their bed.

I don't know if the Wall O Waters are helping, since I don't have any other tomatoes outside to compare them with, but the plants are both doing well.

tomato inside of Wall O Water

The plant in the photo is Stupice,

Last, but certainly not least, a picture of all my little ones, which made their first trip outside today. It was in the mid-70s, and no direct sun on the greenhouse frame, so it seemed like a good day for them to make their acquaintance with the outdoors.

seedlings outside on greenhouse frame

Tomatoes on the upper left are the first I started, which have been discussed in earlier posts. Two from this group are the ones that have been planted in the garden. At least a couple of these will be given to others to grow. The monsters in the upper right corner are tomatillos. I'm not even sure where I'll be planting those yet, since I've been reading about how large they might get. The other plants are lots of tomatoes and peppers, with a few eggplants and herbs mixed in.

I've run into a few problems with this batch of seedlings that I didn't have with my first few tomatoes. The peat pots are getting some mold growing on the outside. I guess because there are so many more, there's less air circulation around them, and the peat pots are always damp. If I allowed them to dry, the soil would be too dry for the plants, and they would wilt. I've decided to buy some plastic greenhouse pots, which can and will be reused season after season. I'll move most or all of my current plants into the plastic pots, especially the ones that will be given away. A few of my tomatoes have leaves that are turning white. I've been looking into it, and it appears to be an issue with light or nutrients. It doesn't seem to match any disease patterns that I've found, and I see no bugs or pests. I don't know if the mold on the peat pots has anything to do with it or not. It's not widespread, just three plants, but I'm keeping an eye on them.