I was hoping to have something crafty finished to post tonight, but not quite yet... stay tuned. In the meantime, let me tell you about a couple of little problems I'm having in the garden.
#1: Blight. I'm battling it, like lots of other tomato growers. Blight starts out as spots on lower leaves, and then quickly spreads to other areas of the plant eventually causing entire branches to yellow and fall off. In the above photo, my oldest and affected plants are in the upper right corner. You can see how yellow and sickly they are. Poor things.
Prior to this week, I was very diligently going through the tomato plants and snipping off any affected leaves and disposing of them properly. But this week I put in a few extra hours at work and my tomato plant diligence fell by the wayside. This evening, I made a point to get out there to clean up the plants as best as I could (even completely removing some of them). It wasn't pretty -- blight is devastating to plants, quickly. I've got some younger plants in different areas in the garden, and have ordered a couple of organic products that help combat blight. Hopefully they work, or no more tomatoes for us this year.
#2: THIS! Not sure what THIS is? Let me tell you ... THIS is a Tobacco Hornworm, and it ate nearly every leaf off of one of my tomato plants, and about half of every one of the fruit. (By the way, you can see the blight spots on the plant...terrible...)
This hornworm was at least 3" long when it was scrunched up, so the full body length had to be at least 4". It was HUGE! I had never seen such a thing before, and it's one of those things that when you see it once, you never forget it! As you might imagine, I ran to the house to get the camera, and Alan.
I learned that you can tell the difference between a Tomato Hornworm and a Tobacco Hornworm by two things. They both have a "horn" on their hind end, but the Tomato Hornworm's "horn" is black, and the Tobacco Hornworm's "horn" is red, like this one's. Also, the Tobacco Hornworm has these white stripes on its sides, where the Tomato Hornworm has "V" shapped markings on its sides.
Other than losing one of my cucumber plants to what I think is wilt caused by cucumber beetles and larvae, everything else is growing nicely! One of the organic products I have on order also helps reduce cucumber beetle issues as well... they are the #1 pest in the garden, now that the hornworm has been evicted!