HEART OF THE GARDENER

Cabbage Butterflies

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Recently my garden has been full of butterflies. Tons of white cabbage butterflies, a few Monarchs, Swallow tails and an unknown small brown variety. Of course, with butterflies come caterpillars. When I noticed my Kale had been eaten completely bare, I thought I was being generous by sharing with the butterflies. Turns out that bare stock the caterpillars left with no leaves on it,  is now the healthiest kale plant I have. I think I owe it to my friends the cabbage butterflies. When cows eat grass their saliva has an enzyme that promotes the re-growth of the grass. The caterpillars must also leave an enzyme the promotes the re-growth of my kale as well.

This is how my Kale stocks look after I have been eating the kale. Bare.

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This is what the stock looks like after the butterflies have been feasting. Notice the new growth on the top and all the way down the stock!

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Written by Linda

October 6, 2012 at 6:53 pm

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  1. Symbiosis ! Beautiful great simple documentation explanation and comparisons.

    Keegan

    October 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    • Thank you Keegan. A wonderful comment coming from a Zen master himself.

      Linda

      October 9, 2012 at 8:39 pm


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