One of the biggest challenges to growing vegetables can be pests. They show up unexpected and unwanted. After transplanting my Packman broccoli I noticed a few holes in my leaves, clearly caused by some kind of bug. It could be a lot of things, but I haven't been able to determine the guilty party. However I am not too concerned at this point. A few nibbles on a leaf by a bug isn't going to stop this broccoli plant from producing. Bugs took bites out of my broccoli plants all last year and they were never bad enough to really harm the plant.
If you are seeing more holes than me, than you might want to take action before it's too late. One common solution that I have seen work is sprinkling cayenne pepper on the leaves. This usually deters any bugs from chopping down. The only problem is that you will have to re-apply the cayenne every time it rains. But you may find that the bugs are only a problem for a short time.
Are you growing Packman broccoli this year? I would love to hear your experience. Leave a comment below.
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