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Garden Gleanings - Speaking of CutwormsPosted Monday, March 3, 2008, at 9:19 AM
Black cutworm and damaged stalk (Clemson University Extension)
Cutworms, squash bugs, cabbage worms and vine borers are my constant struggle. Since cutworms hit first, they were on my mind.
Here is a good article on their life-cycle from the University of Rhode Island. The picture is from this article but borrowed from the Clemson University Extension Service. http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/...
My nemesis is the solitary surface cutworm. They gave my new garlic fits last year. Since it was a bulb, it was able to survive, but I had to keep finding the buggers for about two weeks before I won. Besides putting toothpicks on both sides, I also scratched in the soil next to them until I found the offending worm. "OFF WITH THEIR HEADS"!
Well, not really. I just toss them on the driveway. The birds took care of them or they survive, BUT NOT IN MY GARDEN!
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