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I am growing broccoli for the first time this year. My mom has told me that my grandmother was very tedious in caring for her brocc. One thing she did was cover it in nylons???? I have also heard that it is very easily overtaken by bugs. Can anyone offer me advice for sucessfully growing broccoli? Thanks!
 

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The nylons were probably to keep the caterpillars off. (Some people do the same thing to cabbage heads.) Well, techically, I think the nylons are to keep the moths/butterflies off that lay eggs on the broccoli.<br><br>
Last summer, my broccoli was growing fine, no bugs, no problems. Then, BAM, little green caterpillars completely infested them. They ate slimy holes through them. I tried to salvage some of the crop by picking the caterpillars off the harvested broccoli, but they are the same color as the broccoli, and I would look through them four times and still find more. I finally decided that I was NOT eating any more broccoli for the summer because I know I would have missed a couple.<br><br>
My local organic garden center recommended applying Bt, a bacteria that only targets caterpillars, several times over the summer--before the caterpillars appear. I don't have any experience with it, but we're going to try it this year.
 
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