A sudden outburst of tomato hornworms has hit the potager. I saw a bit of damage (stems minus their leaves!) and then little piles of worm poop. It took a spell of stool sitting and staring before I spotted the first one. And, then as my eyes adjusted to the task, I could see them everywhere! Can you spot two worms on this poor plant? I pulled 7 from one single plant, and found another dozen on various plants throughout the potager. There’s no sign of damage on the peppers or potatoes, but I’ll keep a closer watch now and try to remove them before a lot of leaf-devouring occurs. And definitely try to spot them before the eat the tomatoes proper, like this chubby fellow is doing. I don’t squash them, but toss them into the lawn. If they make it outside the potager, fine. I wish them luck as they fly over the fence.
However, my lovely friend, naturalist and brilliant author, Sharon Lovejoy urges me to learn to love them, and appreciate them for the lovely moths they become and all the pollinating they do. So, now I’m thinking…should I create a small habitat away from the potager and feed them my excess tomato plants that I was going to toss, like everyone is doing with monarchs and milkweed? Not only would it be a fine gesture to Mother Nature, but it might improve my karma!