OK, I am not sure I want to bother with cole crops. I threw out two broccoli plants today. They were covered with loppers, some as large as a regular butterfly caterpillar. Several cauliflower and Brussels sprout plants have large populations of aphids. The leaves are thick and waxy, and from researching the aphids, I see they are too! So, any sprays roll right off. I didn't want to use poisons today, as the praying mantis was still there, green today. Some days he's (or she's) brown.
I want more carefree vegetables! I threw in the towel on squash. Now this... I don't even like Brussels sprouts!