I don’t expect large pest infestations in the middle of the winter. We just had a hard frost that should have set back most of the pests. But something was eating my garlic that I planted in November. I started seeing damage as soon as it started to sprout. Recently, I noticed that the leeks were getting hit hard as well. Finally, last night I went out with a flashlight to see what was going on. It quickly became clear that the problem was – CUTWORMS! There were a few slugs, but the cutworms were eating all the winter Alliums.
Mitigation strategies anyone? My plans are to pick them by hand for a few nights and see if I can get the numbers down. I’ll get the slugs too, while I’m at it and try to get things under control before spring. There are not many places for them to hide now, so night picking should be pretty effective. I picked about a half a cup full last night, and found almost that many again this evening.
This is really a job for chickens!