Not quite the welcoming home present I was looking forward to, but I must say I was excited to see one of these up close. I had no idea just how large they really were. In spite of how destructive they are, I must say these guys were rather cute and very interesting to watch for a while. Yesterday I found two and today I found six more. All of them except for three today were hosting parasitic wasp eggs so they would have met their demise soon enough if I hadn't found them when I did. It was amazing to me that since they were hosts to eggs that I only found two of them yesterday. The white of the wasp eggs stuck out so clearly that I'm surprised I missed them at first. All eight of them had to be there yesterday, I'm assuming. Boy, do they camouflage well.
I took out the four romas in the corner yard and now only have the heatwave and celebrity growing in the side yard where I found the four hornworms. Those plants are doing so much better in that location since they get full sun. I'm thinking of moving all of my tomatoes and peppers over there next year. The side yard gets double the amount of sun as both corner yards and you can certainly tell the difference in production and general health of plants. The boxes back there are only two feet wide, but if I plant tomatoes and peppers in the back row of the longest box, I can plant smaller items in front of them.
I'm also looking in to moving the trellis up one square in the corner yard's large box. This way, I can plant on both sides of the trellis and double my square feet for trellising that box. I'm a bit worried that I'll destroy the entire trellis by attempting to move it and I couldn't secure the netting to the bottom anymore, but it's worth a shot. I could always weave a bit of pipe through the bottom of the mesh to weight it down. It's a project I might just start working on tomorrow instead of waiting for spring. If I can get it done, I may get one more planting of beans in and then have the extra space for my peas as well. How fun!
The morning comes early. Sweet gardening dreams.
January 27, 2015 - Family update
2 years ago