Green cabbage worms can be a fierce pest on kale plants. Cross-striped cabbage worm is another intense pest on kale, with eggs laid in clusters that hatch to unleash a dozen or more munching caterpillars on plants.
Take time at least every other day to walk through your garden and look closely at plants. When pests are attacking, you’ll see signs of their presence. Holes in leaves, small black seed-looking things on leaves, insect clusters and webbing on plants are just a few common signs of a pest outbreak. When you think you have a bug issue, take time to identify the culprit so you can take appropriate action to curtail their munching. Don’t ignore pests. It only takes a few days for insects to damage a plant.
Give classic cabbage slaw a sweet twist by swapping out some of the cabbage for thinly sliced apples. A mix of red and green apples cut into matchstick-size pieces creates a colorful dish. Add green and red cabbage, roasted pistachio nuts and shredded carrots to complete the pretty side salad. Use a traditional coleslaw dressing, or whisk together an apple cider vinaigrette. Remember to toss apple pieces with diluted lemon juice to prevent oxidation or browning.