Gardening Ideas forum: Protecting young transplants

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Name: Nancy
Upper East Side of Texas (Zone 8b)
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Maxmom98
Sep 16, 2017 12:50 PM CST
When planting new veggies use the plastic 6 pack they came in to make cut worm barriers. Cut apart the segments, open up the bottom and slit down one side. Turn upside down and bury below the ground and wrap around the stem of the new transplant. It works!
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Sep 16, 2017 4:14 PM CST
This is an excellent idea. Thank you. Thumbs up
Back in the olden days (the 1970s) we were taught to use a piece of tarpaper to make a collar to protect young plants from the cutworms. Yours is a much better and much more current idea, plus the plastic can still be tossed into the recycle bin after it has served its purpose.
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Name: Nancy
Upper East Side of Texas (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Region: Texas Canning and food preservation Master Gardener: Texas Daylilies Echinacea
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Maxmom98
Sep 22, 2017 1:14 PM CST

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You can see the kale is flourishing. This is the dinosaur kale which is so expensive and hard to find, and taste is so much better homegrown.

Name: Nancy
Upper East Side of Texas (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Region: Texas Canning and food preservation Master Gardener: Texas Daylilies Echinacea
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Maxmom98
Sep 22, 2017 6:10 PM CST
Thanks guys! Now if I can just find a deterrent for spiders! Lately their Huuuge webs are everywhere and walking into them is scary.
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Sep 22, 2017 10:06 PM CST
Maxmom98 said:Thanks guys! Now if I can just find a deterrent for spiders! Lately their Huuuge webs are everywhere and walking into them is scary.


I was having a HUGE problem with spiders and their webs. It seems that the auto-on light by my front door attracts flying things at night, and so the spiders flock to the buffet. Our maintenance guy pressure-cleaned the whole area with a weak mixture of bleach and water and tonight, there isn't a single flying thing to be found! Currently, no spiders either!

Your kale looks wonderful! There's nothing like fresh-picked kale!
AKA Joey.
Name: Nancy
Upper East Side of Texas (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Region: Texas Canning and food preservation Master Gardener: Texas Daylilies Echinacea
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Maxmom98
Sep 23, 2017 5:48 AM CST
Thanks Joanna, I'm sure that the landscape lighting is the problem. I'm going to try the bleach solution. Group hug Thank You!
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Sep 23, 2017 10:25 AM CST
Maxmom98 said: Thanks Joanna, I'm sure that the landscape lighting is the problem. I'm going to try the bleach solution. Group hug Thank You!


You're very Welcome! @Maxmom98. I'm going to spray the area with that from time to time to keep them away. I just checked and there's not a single spider OR web! Who knew?
AKA Joey.

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