Due to its variability and centuries of clever breeding, the cabbage family has contributed numerous cultivars to the home garden. But sadly, most are easily beset by pests like cabbage worms, cabbage loopers, cabbage aphids, flea beetles, slugs, mites, and harlequin bugs.
If this is a particular frustration in your garden but you want your brassicas, try growing broccoli. You may still suffer from insect predation, but it will be much less than you’d see with cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and the like.
Incidentally, scientists have developed pest-resistant versions of broccoli for commercial production that suffer even less predation. However, be forewarned that they contain the same Bacillus thuringiensis genes that have made Bt corn so controversial among organic gardeners.
What’s the next step to planting broccoli in your home garden?
We’ve got you covered! Check out these in depth articles on growing broccoli:
How to Grow Broccoli One of our own detailed growing guides.
Broccoli from Clemson University Cooperative Extension
Broccoli in the Garden PDF from Utah State University Cooperative Extension
Home Garden Series: Home Garden Broccoli from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension