The cabbage worms have launched a major offensive while my attention has been elsewhere and have resulted in devastating results.
I spent about an hour beating back the onslaught with my trusty screw. I estimate removing at least 100 of the vermin. In addition to physically dispatching the worms, I am also trying an insecticidal soap. It seems to work on at least some of the worms. Trouble is, they like to hide on the back side of the leaves, so I have to turn over each one, look for the worms and then either pierce them with the screw, or if there is a lot of them, soak them with the soap. My hope is to remain vigilant and beat back the tide and let the plants recover. Unfortunately, I have a poorly timed trip for work coming up that may give the worms some time to recover. Hmm, maybe I need to sign up some recruits.