Does anyone test for possible insects attack before planting out veg plants an area in different parts of the season? I would suppose to get fast enough reaction, you would have to have your sacrificial plants ready-to-go, pop them in and wait a day or 3 and see if they are good to go.
I tend to put my brassica beds in 3-4 waves of starts in Feb-March. But the 1st wave is always like a canary in the coal mine for me for slugs and cutworms. And this year they got destroyed. So right now I am working on drawing out as many as I can in the brassica beds, and delaying my transplants as long as I can while I pick out all I can.
- Put in "test plants" into each brassica bed (done -> one broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage in each of 3 beds)
- Look for predation during "test week" (done -> actually on day 2 almost all test plants were eaten)
- Put out left-over leaves of winter kale on soil surface and beer traps and do nightly checks (in process)
- Start the major re-plant once the "coast is clear" (looks to be next week)