By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
Many years ago, I can remember always making “collars” for the tomato plants that my dad and I used to plant together.
These little paper collars prevented the cutworm from destroying our tomato crop.
While I never saw the elusive cutworm, I always knew they were out there because my dad said so.
Years later, I learned the truth about cutworms, their habits and ways of preventing them. But before the truth is revealed on this secretive creature, lets “crawl” like a cutworm.
Cutworms like the nightlife and do all their feeding at night. You know this mysterious animal has been around by the condition of ones tomato plants. Cutworms will literally cut a plant down even with the soil. At this point, the plant is chewed above during the cloak of darkness.
So what this means for a tomato gardener is your garden will be fine today and come tomorrow, your plants will be on the ground. No warning, no signs, nothing at all that will indicate that this is going to happen.
While the enemy does not warn us of their impending plan, there are a few things one can do to prepare for the cutworm season.
Clean the Garden Space
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