Summer Is Here – Along With A big Fat Tomato Cut Worm

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As the sun was rising this morning I was on my porch enjoying a cup of fresh brewed coffee, when is saw it! A big fat tomato worm feasting on my potted porch tomato vine. The worm was so big he would have sacred the he!! out of Godzilla. Not being a big fan of tomato horn worms, I carefully removed him and the fight was on when I pitched it into my chicken coop. The Road Island Red hen won the battle and quick dispatched ‘that’ worm to never be any trouble to me again.

After late spring frost, killer hail storms and a wind storm clocked at 79mph. Replanting for the third time, today I finely picked my first two small yellow goose squash. They will be dusted with corn meal, fried and served as a side dish with my lunch fried bacon sandwich.

I don’t know where they keep coming from. In the heat of the day yesterday I saw a turtle in our fish pond. One of those really ugly, fish eating, Snapping Turtles. Retrieving my trusty 12 gauge shotgun and a pocket full of shells, I spent the next hour shooting 6 yes that’s right 6, turtles. I know I didn’t get them all So, I will make it a daily event to sit at pond side and remove as many of those fish eating critters as I can from our fish pond. I have to much invested in catfish and fish food to feed a bunch of free loading turtles. Grin … My crop of crawdads will be having a turtle feast.

In another 10 days or so I will plant a few black eyed peas, Brussels sprouts and beets for a Fall harvest. I need to dig in and sort my 1/2 used seed packets and see what else I can plant and still make a crop before first freeze this Fall. The seeds will soon be 2 years old and their germination date will quick decline if I don’t use them up soon.

rabbit eating pepper plant The cotton tail rabbits are back with a vengeance. So far this morning I have saw at least 15 of them. That means that if I have seen 15, there’s another 15 or 20 that I haven’t seen. Time to start restocking my deep freezer with rabbit for fried and stewed rabbit this coming winter. I have one of those cheap daisy .177 pellet rifles that makes a perfect rabbit gun. Big Smile, I would rather skin and clean a rabbit than pick an old hen…

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11 responses to “Summer Is Here – Along With A big Fat Tomato Cut Worm

  1. WE ARE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR TOMATO WORMS TOO! HAVE NOT SEEN ANY YET, BUT OUR NEIGHBOR HAD THEM LAST YEAR IN HIS GARDEN. I HEARD THAT THEY ARE IN THE GROUND AND COME OUT IN SPRING TIME TO EAT. GREAT, JUST WHAT I NEED. WE ARE ALREADY BATTLING WITH CHIPMUNKS WHO ARE EATING OUR SMALL SPROUTS AND STRAWBERRIES, AND THE BIRDS THEN STARTED IN ON THE BERRIES TOO, SO WE HAD TO NET OUR PATCH. THEN THE DEER KEEP EATING ALL OF MY FLOWERS. IT IS NON STOP OVER HERE TRYING TO BATTLE THESE CRITTERS!

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    • Re; Nikitaland – Wikipedia – tomato hornworm represents the larval stage of the hawk or sphinx moth, also known as hummingbird moths. The moths overwinter in the soil as dark brown pupae, then emerge and mate in late spring. They lay their greenish white eggs, which are round on the undersides of leaves. The eggs hatch in four to five days, and the hornworm emerges. It spends the next four weeks growing to full size, after which it will make its way into the soil to pupate into an adult moth.
      happy horn worm free gardening

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  2. Johnny Ojanpera

    I hate tomato worms. I always use an implement of some sort to dispatch them. We eat crawdads down South. We boil them in hot spices and eat the tails.Snapping turtles on the other hand are mean pests.

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  3. Re: anniedm778 -Thanks for visiting my tiny humble blog.
    Crawdads are good scavengers and are also high on the preferred food for catfish. So the crawdads eat the turtles and the catfish eat the crawdads! Works out well for all my desirable s. The fish a are still a little small for the fry pan but should be about 2+ pounds by next spring. I stocked the pond mostly for my great grands fishing enjoyment. I rig him out with barb less hooks so the fish suffer less stress in the catch and release fishing.

    Happy gardening

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  4. Hope you didn’t hit any fish while shooting turtles, lol. At least you could cook up some turtle for a meal. I know those snappers can be really mean. Here they’ve been known to eat baby swans 😦

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    • Anniedm, I had just recently read that they will hurt your waterbirds by biting their feet. I had no idea that they would EAT the babies too! I also read that they are persistent, and that if you move them to another location you will have to drive a mile or two or they will find their way back!

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      • Yes, we used to live out in the countryside, and had a neighbor down the hill who had a pond with swans on it. We were out for a walk one day and he was in the road watching a snapping turtle cross the road. He said they had killed several of his baby swans. We were creeped out by them, lol.

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      • Re: Lynda – I don’t like the idea of moving them, all I’m doing is dumping my problem on someone else’s door step.
        Happy gardening

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