Crap! There are Green Caterpillars Eating My Plants

I posted about this on the Facebook page and I promised pictures to follow.  But when I got home this afternoon my kale was infested with those little green caterpillars and they have basically devoured the plant.  Ah, well.  I’m a little bummed but lesson learned.  All this accomplished was putting me at a state of war with the little green, squirmy devils.  So, I did a little bit of research online and came up with some organic defenses that you (and I) can use to defend against the little green pests, as well as others, in our garden.

Organic Ways to Get Rid of Little Green Caterpillars Eating Your Plants

Daily or Nightly Inspection and Picking

Of course, the best way to fight the battle is to pick little buggers off of your plants when you find them.  They seem to come out at night with slugs so you may want to make a pass and inspection after the sun goes down.  Don’t wait until morning if you suspect the caterpillar’s presence!  In numbers they can devour a leafy vegetable overnight.

Neem Oil

Thus far, the best way seems to be neem oil.  It gets a lot of rave reviews online for working against caterpillars, slugs and other little squirmy pests in the garden.  Neem oil is a vegetable oil that is pressed from and evergreen tree in the Indian subcontinent.  Scientific name:  Azadirachta indica

It’s a natural pesticide but and is approved safe by the FDA.  Still, to be safe, I would still rinse plants when you cultivate them.

Predatory Birds and Insects

If you don’t have a bird feeder or bath in your garden then get one.  Birds are a caterpillars worst nightmare.  Also, try to find a praying mantis or two to unleash upon the garden and they’ll go nuts on all those caterpillars and bugs.

Bacillus Thuringiensis

BT is a powder that you can sprinkle on your plants.  It is a natural bacteria that kills caterpillars but probably won’t harm other insects that may be beneficial to your garden.

Plant Herbs and Flowers

There are certain herbs and flowers that insects simply dislike.  These include lavender, sage, peppermint and mugwort.

Polyester Fabric that is Porous

A good row cover will allow light to reach the plants but still be able to keep the insects out.


Of course, caterpillars will eventually grow and morph into a pretty butterfly, but in the meantime they better keep their butts away from our gardens.

Let me know on the Facebook page if you have any other natural remedies to kill the little green caterpillars that are in my garden.