Shield Your Seedlings from Cutworms

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This little lettuce seedling wont be lopped in two by cutworms, thanks to a collar made from a yogurt container.
The newly planted salad bar. Roots grow normally through the bottomless containers, which prottect from cutworms, shield the seedlings from wind, and direct water where its needed.
This little lettuce seedling wont be lopped in two by cutworms, thanks to a collar made from a yogurt container.Click To Enlarge

This little lettuce seedling won't be lopped in two by cutworms, thanks to a collar made from a yogurt container.

Photo: Ruth Dobsevage

Have you ever set out healthy young seedlings in the garden, only to find them felled the next morning as if chopped by a miniature lumberjack? I have, and the culprit is cutworms. I spend a lot of time and energy planting and nurturing my seedlings, so it's worth it to me to spend just a little more time to keep them safe. My solution is simple, effective, and chemical free. I recycle used yogurt containers into plant collars. Here's how:

1. Take a yogurt container, and plunge a knife into it near the bottom to start the cut, then finish it with a knife or a scissors. Your container is now bottom-less. Don't fret if the cut is ragged, as mine usually are. The cut edge will be underground, and the plants won't care.

2. With a trowel, make a hole for the seedling, and plant it. I like to set my seedlings a little lower than the surrounding soil surface.

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3. Press the collar into the earth around the plant.

In addition to cutworm protection, the collars offer other benefits. They shield the young seedling from wind, and they direct water right to the roots. Collars stay in place for the duration of the growing season and can be used again the following year.

How do you deal with cutworms in your garden? We'd like to know, and you can blog about it on this site.


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TinCville writes: Another great way to protect your plants is by using the cardboard holders from coffee cups. They biodegrade!
Posted: 6:41 am on May 7th
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