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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 4:37 pm 
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Hello...and help!!!

I have an 8'x4'x2' raised-bed vegetable garden. I was turning the soil and getting readyto add some garden soil, compost and soil condition when I discovered Grubs or Cut Worms. Folks at Home Depot said they eat roots and to mix in some insect killer.

Is there an organic, non-pesticital way of getting rid of them?

Many thanks in advance,

Robert and Cindy


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2005 9:37 pm 
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I have been using ground up orange peelings for 3 years. Have not seen any grub or cut worms. Be careful and don't use to much. It will kill the good microbes in the soil.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2005 9:21 am 
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I think HG reccomends one orange per transplant. CMIIW.

If they are cutworms then consider ground cedar mulch. Their soft bodies can't stand the rough cut cedar and won't bother your new transplants.

Another product on the market is called "Milky Spore" and sort of takes this one to 11. Not sure if that's the right call here or not. The rule of thumb there is if in one shovelfull you get more than one grub then you might consider MS.


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I prefer the "pull em out and squish em" solution, but I suppose it's not very practical. Grubs is ugly!


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To keep cut worms from cutting off individual plants simply push a small stick a couply of inches down on each side of the plant stem. a cutworm eats around the stem and this will prevent them from doing any harm to the plant. I have never lot a plant of any kind to a cutworm since using this method.
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I have always cut the top of the container that my 'mater plants come in & set that around the stem of the plants to keep the cut worms from getting them.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 4:37 am 
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Thanks for your information. :roll:

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:06 am 
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Are they totally white? Cut worms are not. Know what you have first. You will never be rid of grubs totally. I have been veggie gardening for 20+ years and see them in my raised beds too but they do no harm. Do not immediately jump at the sight of insects. I always wait to see if they cause trouble, then respond, but you need to correctly ID it first.

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