I know wierd title, but read on and you'll see what I'm talking about. With the heat I haven't spent as much time tending my garden, just running out to get some water on it and picking the items I could see were ripe.
I initially thought the lack of tomatos lately was due to the extreme heat as well. Until today when I ventured into the garden and noticed the tops of the plants were completely defoliated!! Only one culprit I know does that kind of damage, so the inspection began. It took several soakings with water until I began to notice some strange movement on a few branches and there they were - the disgusting tomato horns worms!!
|Took them off branch and all.|
|Leaves are completely gone on the tops of my tomato plants|
|This poor plant looked positively naked, these stems should be full and green with leaves|
I dislodged about 7 that I could find, and each one I took revenge on by delighting my chickens with these treats. It is amazing how much damage these things can do in such a short time. I'll be back out earlier in the morning to inspect from now on so I don't let them return and get this bad. Then maybe my tomatos will start producing again in the amounts they should be.
|Chicken treats - they loved them|
|Horm worm about to meet it's end!!|