As usual, this morning I was working on my writing and needed some information about Tomato worms. I know — it’s an exciting subject — so exciting, in fact, that I simply could not wait for the laptop so I relocated it from my sleeping grandson’s bedroom to the kitchen table. I tip-toed into his room and did the deed and I’m proud to say he did not stir once. I can be real quiet when I need to be ;)
My Tomato worm search was delayed because the word_defragment_was blaring (at me) on the screen. I waited. I waited. I closed it down, Sugar!! My need to know about Tomato worms was weighing heavy on my mind, Y’all. Did I do a bad thing? I’m sure I can begin that defragmentation all over again — well, I could if only I could remember how one did such a thing. Oh my-o-my, my bad. Which brings me to the pictured quote in this post “My brain is experiencing technical difficulties – Please stand by!”
I find myself – ‘standing by’ – more often than not these days. All this technology snuck up on me when I was reading hard copies of this-and-that. I’m still trying to remember to save my searches, plus, I’m trying to wrap my head around the stock exchange valuation of Facebook, a site that doesn’t do anything more than have a lot of people saying Hey to a lot of other people, but it’s value is what??
So how does one expect me to wrap my head around the Internet and all that can be found there? I mean, I just broke up with my boyfriend because of the Internet. It said he was married but I’m still not totally sure the information is correct especially considering that the Tomato worm information I found this morning fell short from what I already know. According to what I read you do not rid the garden before the infestation; you wait until they eat your plant silly and then pick them off, one by one, and after they have eaten to their fill, apparently. Let me say here and now that for someone who rejects killing on any level and is, in fact, a peace loving kind of gal; ergo an organic gardener this totally sucks! What do I do with the little guys once I’ve plucked their live bodies from the plant? See what I mean?
|Tomato Hornworm – are 3-4″ long green caterpillars with diagonal lines on sides, prominent horn on rear end. Eat foliage and may take bites out of green fruit. Tomato hornworms are the larvae of 2 large moths: the Hawkmoth and the Sphinx moth and overwinter in the soil in the pupal stage. Adult moths appear in late spring and lay single,
pearl colored eggs on the undersides of plant leaves that hatch in about a week. Larvae feed on foliage for about a month before they enter the soil and pupate. They can be difficult to spot as coloring matches plant. Look for them on the undersides of leaf-stripped branches. They can easily be hand-picked and destroyed or if infestation is severe, use Bt (Bacillius thuringiensis) dust. Braconid wasps will kill these caterpillars by implanting rice-like eggs on their backs and Trichogramma wasps parasitize the eggs.