After spending days if not weeks starting and tending to the seedlings indoor, the day would finally arrive when I could get into the garden and put those precious seedlings into their prepared outdoor beds.
I would carefully remove the hardened off seedlings from the pots, place each at the proper spacing and depth and give them a nice drink of fish emulsion fertilizer. Satisfied, I would say goodnight to the seedlings and retire for the day.
Could not wait for daybreak to check on the little darlings, only to discover, quite a few are missing, what horror!!!!!
Oh yes, the dreaded cutworms came to visit during the night. Fortunately, experienced gardeners always have a few extra seedlings just in case they are needed (will gave away if not needed).
Replace the missing seedlings, and this time, remember to take care of the cutworms.
March to the shed and:
1. Get out the box of round toothpicks (bamboo skewers will work too, some people use nails)
2. Plant two (2) toothpicks (one on each side of the seedling as close to the stem as possible without damaging the stem) halfway into the soiil. When the cutworm wraps itself around the toothpicked-plant it is unable cut through. Plant saved.
Must always remember to take care of the cutworms during the initial transplanting.
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