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Steve Mills

Garden Gleanings - Speaking of Cutworms

Posted Monday, March 3, 2008, at 9:19 AM
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  • Thank you for this information!

    I would probably lose everything I have if I didn't know this before transplanting.

    The article says that planting sunflowers to attract the cutworms away from the crop. Have you tried that?

    I may plant some to see how it works.

    -- Posted by Mary on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 12:01 PM
  • I have not planted sunflowers in a few years, but our birds seem to do a good job of it. It may attract the moths, and therefore re-distribute the population. Worth a try.

    The cutworms in the ground have to eat what they got, so I would still watch carefully.

    Somewhere I read about using BT (bacillus thuringiensis). Dipel is a brand name. I use it for cabbage loopers but am concerned that it will not stop the cutworms until they have at least destroyed several plants.

    BT is a bacteria that develops in their gut and stops them from feeding.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 4:51 PM
  • I think my grandmother used to wrap a piece of aluminum foil around her tomatoes at ground level when setting them out to protect from cut worms. Alas she is gone now so I can't ask her to be sure.

    -- Posted by EastSideMom on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 5:53 PM
  • I have heard of aluminum foil being used with good success. Don't wrap too tight and try to do some a little below the soil line.

    Thanks for reminding me ESM.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Mar 3, 2008, at 8:00 PM
  • Thats a neat idea, too. I like having different things to work with, and try.

    I'm going to plant the sunflowers around my birdfeeder across the yard from the garden, since birds like the seeds.

    Thanks for the great ideas, ya'll!

    -- Posted by Mary on Tue, Mar 4, 2008, at 8:15 AM
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