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Spring Cutworms

June 19th, 2019

Cutworms are one of those annoying garden pests. They can decimate freshly transplanted seedlings in a few days. Last year, they killed all of my cucumbers, twice over.
This year they seem partial to my beets and purple basil. Each morning, I head out to patrol the garden to look for the telltale signs, seedlings cut off at the stem. Then I dig small circles around the damage until I find the culprit. These pests make great chicken treats, guess I can at least have eggs even though I won’t have beets.

What pests are you dealing with at the moment?

One Comment to “Spring Cutworms”
  1. Susan on June 19, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Ah yes, hate these guys. I use toilet paper and paper towel rolls cut to about…3-4″ tall to put around a new seedling. This stops them every time. And the little collar is compostable :)

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