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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.

Eco-friendly Cutworm Control - The Garden Mix

No, it wasn’t the ornery neighborhood kids that clipped your new transplants off at the base.  It was likely the result of the sneaky cutworm. 
These worm-like insects are the caterpillar stage of several different night-flying moths.  The caterpillars feed on plant stems at or just below the surface.  Though they may be present all season, it’s the young tender transplants that can be severely damaged or killed.

Newly established and weedy gardens are at the greatest risk.  Watch for and destroy these pests in late afternoon or evening when they are most active.
And protect young transplants from cutworms by creating a circular barrier around the stem.  Wrap the stem in foil or use sections of the cardboard cores from paper towel or toilet paper rolls.  Or remove the bottom from yogurt containers or similar materials to make cutworm collars.  Sink them several inches into the soil, leaving at least 2 inches above the ground
A bit more information:  Barriers are great ways to control other insects.  Cover cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower plants with floating row covers like ReeMay or Harvest Guard at planting to prevent cabbage worm damage.  The fabric lets air, light, and water through but prevents the moths from laying eggs that will soon hatch into hungry caterpillars, on the plants.
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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