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My Homemade Seedling Protectors

My Homemade Seedling Protectors

Seeds that are directly sown into the garden need protection.  I have had many new seedlings emerge in the garden only to have them accidentally dug out by foraging birds or purposefully eaten by hungry garden visitors. I invented my own method to protect my emerging seedlings.  Small, simple to make, re-usable covers that pin into the soil with wire hooks.

How to Save Crops from Cabbage White Butterfly and Other Pesky Caterpillars

How to Save Crops from Cabbage White Butterfly and Other Pesky Caterpillars

Those white butterflies flapping merrily around your vegetable garden may look lovely and whimsical but they are the bane of most gardeners.  Once their eggs hatch into plump green caterpillars your crops leaves will slowly but surely develop ever increasing holes.  It’s not impossible to beat this plant predator but it does require planning and forward thinking to save yourself from an infestation where you have more holes in your vegetables than leaves.

Organic Methods to Control Snails – Tested

Organic Methods to Control Snails – Tested

With the onset of winter and wet weather comes the unrelenting nighttime raids by hordes of snails and slugs, their one goal, to feast on all the sweetest baby leaves of any newly planted seedling.  This got me wondering what, of the many organic deterrents, actually work?  With this in mind I set out to try the most popular, often suggested methods for saving seedlings from these persistent feeders.