Dealing with Cutworms: Decoy plants

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Dealing with Cutworms

By Robynznest
July 7, 2013

Wrap newspaper pieces around the trunk of the plants when planting to help keep cutworms away.

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Jul 7, 2013 5:37 AM CST
I don't mind the horn worms because they turn into beautiful Hummingbird Moths.
I always plant a few sacrificial tomato plants at the back of the yard where I can transfer any worms to. They can live out their life cycle on those plants and my "eating" tomatoes stay safe. They also like Nicotiana.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jul 7, 2013 8:24 PM CST
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Me to *Blush* And I was thinking I was the only one who couldn't kill them.
Another confession : I also transplant the large spotted slugs to the lower wilderness point on our property , hoping they will not make it back up to my garden in my lifetime.
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all else is just existing.
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Name: Bob
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NJBob
Jul 7, 2013 9:16 PM CST
I did not realize the Hummingbird moth came from them. I will have to set up a plant for them. Great idea.
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Robynznest
Jul 10, 2013 8:41 PM CST
Around here they like brugs, too. Sorry I don't let them get that far into their life, but the chickens and birds live good healthy lives.
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