The cabbage shown has been in the ground since the very end of April. It had been in the ground 4 weeks exactly on the day I took these pictures last week. This plant was about 14 inches at it’s widest, and the sorry little cabbage head was the size of a golf ball or just slightly bigger.
The worm who had been voraciously eating this plant had grown quite large. He isn’t shown in any of these pictures, but he was about 1.75 inches long and almost as plump as a pencil. Those are his droppings. Disgusting.
This picture is forever going to help me remember to wash my garden produce before I eat it.
I pulled back the leaves that the worm had been hiding in so that, hopefully, the plant will get washed clean by the rain or the next time I water the garden
If it were not for the big outer leaves that I generally don’t eat anyway, this plant would have lost so much mass that it would have died already. Those big tough leaves protected the little cabbage head–taking one for the team I suppose–by being available to be devoured.
The moral of the story- check your cabbage very often for worms, especially when you keep seeing the white cabbage moth. Next year, use floating row covers or don’t grow cabbage.