April 7, 2007

Cutworm War: Pre-Battle


Today I took my first real step towards fighting cutworms in my garden this spring. Regular readers may recall my troubles last year and I've been collecting toilet paper rolls for a few months now so I think I'm set for planting. That won't happen until late May though and I had heard that one good technique is to turn over the soil while its still sort of cold out but, the ground is no longer frozen. The idea is to expose the cutworm eggs (is it larva? pupa? I know I should know this) to the harsh elements before they grow into their next, most damaging stage. The high temp today was 40 and tonight's low should be about 33 degrees so I'm hoping that will be cold enough to freeze them to death - literally.

I'm not entirely sure if I've got the timing right - so it could be too soon or too late but, I figure there's no harm in trying. Also, it was GREAT to get back out there digging in the dirt. Technically, by turning over my garden in the fall last year I ALSO did some damage to the cutworms but, given the seedling carnage last year I figure it's better to be safe than sorry.

Over the past few days I've come up with a few ideas for layout. I feel like last year was functional but, not very inspiring. This year I have an idea of a path through the garden that vaguely resembles a question mark. To pull this off and make room for all the plants I have in mind it might be time to give up on the strawberries. I didn't really get more than a tiny handful last year so I can't really say that I grew strawberries as much as I grew strawberry potential.

Meanwhile my order of seeds arrived and I got 2 kinds of beets: Golden and Red Ace. I'm most excited about golden beets but, red ace is my "safety" since they're supposed to be easy to grow.

I expect the blogging to pick back up again now that I'll actually be out there although right now true gardening weather still seems like a loooong way away.

8 comments:

Leslie said...

glad to see that u r back and at this spring. Good luck with the cutworms!

delilah said...

you could get a strawberry pot and transplant your strawberries into that... then they're out of the way and really pretty!

petetow said...

It can a continuous battle with worms and insects, last summer I was invaded by snails, hundreds and hundreds, they were everywhere from the house walls to the swing hammocks, I don't where from or why, I fought them for months and then one day gone, after of course the semi-destruction of the garden and veg patch.

sbackl said...

I started to dig over my garden but it is alot bigger than I thought, after an hour or so of back breaking work I thought I needed an asda sat nav system to find my way around, I knew i had a couple of acres but it was really hard work manually.

Deborah said...

I love golden beets. Might I ask where you got your seeds from?

Joan Anne said...

Spring time means planting time, hehehe... Goodluck with your planting. Hope it will grow healthy.

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