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Godless in the garden

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 12:30pm

Fruit flies! Swarms of them every summer until I get out my supplies to eradicate the pesky things. 

6 Smart Ways to Kill Fruit Flies

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 31, 2016 at 12:09pm

Hummingbird moth

 

Hummingbird moth caterpillar

Hummingbird moth life cycle

Nature provides many interesting cycles.  

Comment by kathy: ky on August 31, 2016 at 11:15am
Humming bird moths feed on the moonflowers I have in the yard. I always wondered what they were.
Comment by Randall Smith on August 31, 2016 at 6:36am

Daniel, how are you dehydrating your tomatoes? I gave up on my dehydrator and am simply putting them on cookie sheets out in the sun, covered by screens.  

Comment by Randall Smith on August 31, 2016 at 6:34am

Yes, I've seen wasps flying around the tomato plants looking for hornworms. A few worms were already "infected"--white eggs on their bodies. I leave them alone.

And I discovered the moth of the hornworm is a hummingbird moth, quite large (and ugly). So I don't feel too bad about killing the caterpillars. Up to now, I suspect birds have kept the worms at bay. Where did they go?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 30, 2016 at 12:20pm

Spud, How the computer works? Or how Tricho-Gramma works? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 30, 2016 at 10:05am

Randy, nice of you to provide a feast for your hornworm friends.  

I've been looking around and found parasitic wasps for sale on Amazon.  I don't know, but it sounds like they work. 

At first, I put the address of the wasp page here, but then I noticed that it came-up in my personalized page.  I would guess that it doesn't with another computer, but just in case, I won't put it here.  Does anyone know how that works?

Comment by Randall Smith on August 30, 2016 at 8:35am

My tomato plants have proliferated all summer (despite a month of drought). Nary a hornworm was to be found--UNTIL YESTERDAY! Evidently, some moth deposited eggs nearby, and BOOM, the caterpillars were feasting. They eat non-stop and decimate leaves and tomatoes. I must have picked off 50 of them, all sizes. Checked this morning, and there were many more that I evidently missed. It pays to be vigilant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 25, 2016 at 11:03pm

My daily dose of Abundant Permaculture published on  Aug 25, 2016, during harvest activities. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2016 at 11:41am

My garden had several jungle areas this year.  Lazy me.  

 

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