Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

In the Garden: Keeping Bugs at Bay

Organic Vegetable Garden (OVG), April 26th:

Protect Your Seedlings.

In the next couple weeks, most people will be planting seedlings. Protect the tender young plants from cutworms and slugs with collars made from newspaper.  Collars should be about 3 inches wide. Anchor the collars by digging a shallow trench (approximately 1 inch deep) around the seedling.  Place the collar around the plant and then fill the trench with soil.  Collars are especially important for plants like tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers because of their delicate stems—which can be quickly chewed clean through.



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