Celery Patch Pests

| November 3, 2012 | 13 Replies

Celery patch pests are trouble. I highly recommend growing celery in raised beds, so you don’t have to get down on all fours to inspect your celery. I did that today. I went out to harvest some spears for juicing, and ran across a cabbage worm. I ran in for my camera and had to return a phone call and when I got back, couldn’t find it for a few minutes. Searching on hands and elbows, I found this.

Cabbage Worm Cocoon©KayeKittrell 2012

Cabbage Worm Cocoon on Celery Leaf

Let’s just say this cabbage worm will not reach the moth stage. Next, I found this cocoon.

Butterfly Cocoon

Monarch Cocoon Hanging from Celery Leaf

It looked a lot like the shape of the Monarch cocoon, but, it was whitish green, so I wasn’t sure what it was. I cut the spear and propped it against the fence, and went in to the computer to look for cocoon images. When I got back out there, it was smashed. I’m not sure how it happened. If it was a Monarch, I’m sorry, but I will have more. And can’t Monarch butterflies communicate to their eggs not to attach their cocoon to edible plants that might be harvested? It took some searching, but, I found the cabbage worm, exactly the same color as the celery stem.

Cabbage Looper on Celery Stem

Cabbage Looper on Celery Stem

I removed all the celery leaves from around the six plants and had enough for a small batch of green vegetable juice.

Fresh Picked Celery Leaves

Fresh Picked Celery Leaves

Next, I juiced them along with organic zucchini and carrots (from the market) and my own parsley.

Celery Leaves Going into Juicer

Celery Leaves Going into Juicer

However much juice I make, the proportions are always about 50% celery, 25% zucchini, 15% carrot, and 10% parsley. I blend in a tablespoon of raw (unheated) honey per quart, to make it drinkable, ha!

Green Vegetable Juice by Kaye Kittrell 2012

Green Vegetable Juice

And down that one went. If I could only get my carrots, zucchini, celery and parsley to grow all year, all at the same time, I’d be in business! Thanks for stopping by.

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Category: Cool Season, Grow Veggies, Pests

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  1. akroezen says:

    Worms! I really worry about that aspect of gardening next season. I have a ridiculous phobia of worms…like it takes the breath out of me when I see one kind of ridiculous. But the juice sounds good 🙂

    • Amy, I guarantee you will get over that, and quick! In no time, you will be stomping on snails and slugs. The first time I touched a slug by accident, I jumped. Now, no big deal! And, yes, you will have to deal with it! Hope to see you in December. – Kaye

  2. Pat says:

    The photography and information is just outstanding.

  3. Oh, my gosh; that looks delicious! I’ve not met anyone in my zone (4-5) growing celery, but I’d love to try, if it’s possible. I’m kind of a celery nut and buy organic every week…Just love your blog, Kaye! Thank you.

    • Catherine, thanks so much! When I read in “Golden Gate Gardening” (highly recommended for coastal climates), that celery was a demanding vegetable to grow, I just jumped in anyway, because to keep my juice habit going, I need the equivalent of four heads a week. Sometimes, even the organic looks a bit anemic in the market. Growing your own is power-packed with nutrition, especially if you cut it and immediately juice. Nothing can be better. However, I MUST find a way to filter the hose water, so I’m not spraying them daily with chlorine and a hundred other chemicals. You have to water daily and keep them wet if you don’t have rain. It hasn’t rained here since last April! – Kaye

      • I may have to give it the old college try…

      • Catherine, if you can afford a raised bed, even as small as 4×4, you can grow four plants, and it will be easier to get down and inspect them for cabbage worms. Don’t be fooled by the name, cabbage moths lay their eggs everywhere, and they love celery leaves. Best to water the ground around them and not water from above. Good luck! – Kaye

    • Haven’t heard from you in a long time Catherine. I’m wondering if you made the leap to my new website! I hope you will subscribe. Please let me know. Thanks! – Kaye

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