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We’ve Got A Rotten Tomato Today

Well….we don’t really have a rotten tomato per se….we have a limited posting by none other than me! Clam down…calm down….there will still be a nice post….just I’m limited in what I can do in the way of pictures and such because my computer got royally fu…..screwed by our friends at Consumer’s Energy. Seems they decided to turn power on and off THREE times Wednesday morning and the second time theytotally destroyed my hard drive….EVEN THROUGH the UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply), although I have to admit the UPS had some issues of it’s own, anyway I’m here, albeit in a somewhat limited fashion. OK…enough gnashing of teeth.

Tomato HornwornOK…..do you know what this is? No? OK, it’s not every day you run across one of these things, so I’ll tell you….although I was sorely tempted to pop a “Quick Quiz” on this. It’s a Hornworm Pupa (cocoon). After the Tomato Hornworm eats your entire tomato plant it crawls down into the soil beneath the once beautiful tomato plant and burrows into the soil and looks like this if you find one. We’ll get more into this next week when I have my computer in working order…fully.

Meanwhile I want you to keep in mind that at the end of the “Tomato Growing Season” we need to be on the look out for these little bastards….I won’t go into the mating habits of the “Hummingbird Moth”, but take my word for it, these Horned Tomato Worms are bastards!….Where were we…..Oh Yea…end of the Tomato Season! One of the things we need to do in late October or thereabouts is to churn up the top 3 or 4 inches of soil and look for any of these little brown cocoons. What you do if you find any is up to you….I recommend recalling what they did to the tomato plant before any punitive action is taken…and be sure you have on old clothes!

Alrighty, we’ll end our little discussion of the dreaded Tomato Hornworm next week and move onto more important matters concerning out tomatoes.

Posted Saturday, July 30th, 2011 by by admin, under Tomato Care.

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