If you start your plants from seed as I do, or even buy them from the local nursery, when you plant them in the ground insert a toothpick or wooden match as close to the stem as possible and into the ground. This helps prevent cutworms from cutting off the tender plants at ground level.
Every year I lose my cucumbers to some thing eating the roots. Help!
I cut 1 to 1-1/2 inch sections of plastic straws, slit them up the side and place around the stems of my plants. Just make sure you leave some of the straw above dirt level. This has worked ever since I used this idea 3 years ago. Before that, my dad always said to place 3 or 4 small rocks closely around the stem of the plants to prevent cutworm damage.
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