My garden today: tomatoes and hornworms
Heirloom tomatoes are at their peak right now so be sure to take advantage. I noticed that one of my plants had been partially stripped the other day. I knew it was a tomato hornworm but I couldn’t find it. I went out this morning and there it was! It was covered with white cocoons of parasitic wasps so I know to leave it alone. It is acting like a little nursery breeding beneficial insects for my garden. The caterpillar didn’t eat a whole lot, and late in the season, there was little loss of crop. So, it’s hanging out there now as a curiosity - the wasps have had their way and the caterpillar is no longer feeding. Isn’t Mother Nature grand?
Check out the recipe pages for a luscious recipe for using heirloom tomatoes in bruschetta.