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Q: Can you identify the short, fat, grey-brown worms which are just below the surface of the soil round my cabbages?

A: Almost certainly cutworms, the grubs of nocturnal moths. They kill young plants by gnawing through the stems usually at ground level. Plants affected include the cabbage family, lettuces, other vegetables and occasionally young flowers. Cutworms can generally be found by probing the soil close to any plant which has been attacked. Some protection can be given by using Fyba cabbage collars or 15cm (6in) squares of old carpet cut so they fit tightly round the stems of young plants. They can be removed when the plants are nearing full size.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 20, 2002
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