Office supplies in the garden: sowbug-proofing the tomatillo seedlings
So many of the tricks employed to outwit garden-munching critters have seemed somewhat familiar to me, in different contexts. I was thinking about it last night when I was rigging up these little collars. “Ah,” I thought. “This is a barrier method,” as in…contraception! Yes, it’s true: one can indeed draw parallels between pest prevention and, uh, well. You know. And yes: the ultimate prevention of all would be not to garden: abstinence works, right?
In all seriousness (not that birth control isn’t a serious issue), the sowbugs were having a field day with some of my greenhouse seedlings, and I needed to pay attention. Sure, I do plant more than I need as both insurance and because I like to share my plants, so I can spare a few to the sowbugs (roly-polies, pillbugs); they tend to favor the weaker plants so are actually doing me a favor. But it is a bummer to come into the greenhouse and see leaves sitting on the ground, stems munched straight through. The plants are only vulnerable for a short time: the greenhouse gets too hot and dry for the bugs’ preference, and the plants also toughen up and become unpalatable. But in the short interim, these index cards work just fine.