Unexpected Trap Crop for Bok Choy and Cabbage

We’ve mentioned our cute little winter garden with our spiffy row covers (Whizbang Row Cover Hoop System Reviewed) well here is our latest gardening discovery.  We found a trap crop for our Bok Choy and Cabbage!  Exciting, because we don’t like to use and pesticides.  A trap crop means that we have a veggie that the slugs are eating like candy instead of eating our beloved Bok Choy and our Savoy Cabbage too.  Essentially it’s like Slug Candy or Snail Candy, they both love it.  Every critter in our garden makes a bee line for this plant and we haven’t the slightest idea why, but we’re not complaining.  What is it?  Chinese Cabbage otherwise known as Napa Cabbage.

Napa Cabbage, or maybe I should say the skeleton of a Napa Cabbage

While taking this picture I picked off one snail and saw 2 earwigs scurry away.  There is some kind of poo on the cabbage and it’s really gross.  See all the holes all the way to the core of this cabbage.

Here’s what happened.  We took a short cut (bad, bad Courtney) and we purchased some broccoli, cauliflower, Bok Choy and Savoy cabbage from Wal-Mart.  The dog ate the cell pack with the broccoli but all the others we planted in mid October.  One of the plants in the Bok Choy cell pack turned out to be Chinese Cabbage (Napa type) instead.  You can clearly see from the picture that one of these is not like the others.  At first we were a little bummed cause we didn’t get what we payed $3.50 for.  But that one plant turned out to be the best trap crop for slugs, snails and even earwigs.  It just goes to show you that you never can predict what will happen, especially in gardening.

At first we didn’t exactly know what the plant was I had to identify it using the Johnnie’s Selected Seeds catalog.  Which by the way, if you don’t get this seed catalog, go right now and order it.  It’s not just a catalog but a reference book for each plant they sell from seed.  But more on that later, I could go on for days about Johnnie’s.  Anyways, I found it in their catalog.  My plan is to let this go to seed and try and collect some seeds to plant for next year.  If that doesn’t work (I think I’m being unrealistic but a girls gotta dream big) then I will buy some of these seeds to plant along the border of our cabbage garden.  The slugs and snails won’t need to venture further into my garden if they get stuck on the Snail Candy I put on the edges.  What the snails don’t eat we can enjoy instead.  It’s a win-win situation.  Unless of course you wanted a garden full of Chinese cabbage, that would not be good.  In which case my next goal should be to find a trap crop for Chinese Cabbage.

Savoy Cabbage, isn’t she lovely (and healthy)


3 responses to “Unexpected Trap Crop for Bok Choy and Cabbage

  1. Oh yes, she is a beauty! Great tip… thanks!

  2. Pingback: Johnny’s Selected Seeds: A Catalog Review | His and Hers Homesteading

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