About 90% of vegetable gardening is merely keeping your eyes open. I’d say another 5% is actual “work” and 5% is harvesting and storing but really, all that “puttering around in the garden”? It’s entirely necessary. It’s field work! It’s direct observation! Even with a glass of wine in my hand, I am WORKING, people.
And it is through direct observation that I realize my darned greenhouse seedlings are never ever gonna grow past the stubby 2″ phase unless I do something to stop the munching damage caused by the sowbugs. I can’t do anything about the sowbugs barring absolute war so…I employ a simpler strategy. In this instance, entrapment.
Last year I mounted an office-supplies war with indifferent results (the greenhouse was open-ended thus wind-riven; these collars up and flew away if not simply apart). This year, I applied the stuff normally applied to tree whips (sapling fruit trees) to prevent girdling by other, equally hungry insects. [It’s called Tanglefoot; it’s a gooey waterproof paste of wax/oil; used to be made in Grand Rapids but like so many Michigan companies it’s up and gone away.] Can’t say it won’t stop the bugs from decapitating the seedlings below the point of the goo, but it’s something. Now, I stand back and watch. And sip. And watch some more.