Thwarting Cutworms: use them as seed cells

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Thwarting Cutworms

By threegardeners
March 16, 2012

Use empty toilet paper rolls around your young vegetables to protect them from cutworms.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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Mar 15, 2012 6:55 PM CST
Rolls from paper products can be stuffed at one end with newspaper,
and filled with soil to start seeds in them.
Name: Carey
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Mar 15, 2012 9:13 PM CST
Found out how bad cutworms can be for plants already this spring. Grrr. Thanks for the advice and I will definitely use it next season! Hurray!
Name: shirlee
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Mar 15, 2012 10:52 PM CST
Well now, had not thought of that. That is great especially for potting soil. Will do that.
For plants placed in the garden soil, we use a short thin stick from fallen limbs to place
directly beside a tomato or pepper stem for example. The cutworms
can't wrap all the way around the veggie stem to make the cut.

A paper cup turned upside down with the bottom cut out will keep the birds
from pulling up the corn seedling to get the corn.

Starting seeds in paper rolls is a good tip too. Will try that also.

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Name: Carole
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Mar 16, 2012 4:40 AM CST
This is one I had not thought about. Good tip, 3G.

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Name: Jessica
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Mar 18, 2012 4:52 PM CST
Caroline, I've used toilet paper rolls for years to start seedlings but never thought of rolling up newspaper and stuffing it in the bottom. I usually just press down the soil for the bottom first inch but sometimes it falls out if the soil gets too wet. Your idea should solve the problem! I also use them around tomato seedlings to stop cut worms as well. The whole family saves these things all year long for me!!! Thanks!

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