Monday, June 05, 2006
ATTACK OF THE KILLER (of) TOMATOES
I strolled out to the garden to pick a tub of tomatoes, bell peppers, and mutant squash and found lots of bare stems and nibbled tomatoes. GOSHSNARGLEDANGRASPBERNASCENT DEER!!!
As I was cursing the deer, I happened to look down and notice that there were no deer tracks in the garden...hmmm.
A closer inspection of the plants revealed a bunch of tomato hornworms munching away on the leaves as well as the fruit. It's amazing how much damage even one of these huge caterpillars can do to a mature tomato plant. I have some BT in the barn, but had not used it yet this year...oops.
It's also a little amazing, in a biorobotic insectile way, how these caterpillars completely freeze at the first sign of nearby movement...namely me. The combination of good camo and freezing really makes them hard to spot.
I got low and poked through the tomato branches until I had a handfull.
After collecting the nefarious nibblers, I walked over to the chicken/guinea combo cage and offered them a snack.
The birds made short work of the hornworms and the tomato plants breathed a sigh of relief.
I went back to my picking (of veggies) and loaded up on peppers, tomatoes (the unchewed ones), and one giant squash which must have gotten overlooked earlier.
Right now, I'm going out to pick blueberries. We eat again in the morning you know, and I like fresh blueberries on my Oatmeal Crisp.