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This is the protected part of the garden. It’s fenced in, and has a number of cabbage cages. The fencing is to keep the deer and rabbits out and the cages are to keep the cabbage butterflies from laying eggs on the cabbages. The white garden fleece is there to protect the young plants from the leaf beetle (psylliodes chalcomerus).

For many years I had given up on growing anything in the cabbage family because if the leaf beetles didn’t kill the young plants, the larve of the cabbage butterfly would nearly completely devour the plants leaving only skeletons until I came upon the idea of making cages with chicken wire that keep almost all the butterflies out.

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