If we are Facebook friends you may have seen a couple of posts yesterday and today about some uninvited visitors to my garden.
How about I just show you a few pictures.
Now, let’s look at this beautiful lettuce from above (picture taken this morning)…Cutworms
I’ve learned a lot about these nasty boogers in the past two days. I know that they devoured half of my lettuce in less than 24 hours. I know that they burrow underground for the winter and then come back out of the ground in the spring. They devour soft greens (like lettuce!) quickly, efficiently, and with an insatiable appetite. They eat for only a few days and then prepare for their cocoon stage before becoming a moth.
My father and a good friend basically told me to get them out…now, before they eat my entire garden!
What I Did
I sprayed all around my lettuce with a mixture of…
- Organic neem oil
- Diatomaceous Earth (DE)
- Organic white pepper
- Organic, additive-free, natural tobacco (a local tobacco store will have this)
Do you think I covered all bases? Oh wait…then I put organic coffee grounds on the ground around my lettuce.
Finally, I went through and handpicked them all off. This took about an hour.
How many cutworms do you think I found?48.
48 nasty, creepy, crawly, pooping cutworms.
I’ll be back out early tomorrow morning…ready for battle again, if necessary.
So, the current score is Jess = 1 & Cutworms = 0.5 (since they ate half of my lettuce).
If they come back, what other organic tips do you have for me?? I am all ears.
Until next time…
Jess, aka Scratch Mommy