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Old 03-06-2011, 11:08 PM   #31
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OMG.......I forgot about the horny worm.

Actually I never saw one on my tomato plants last year, but I remember them as a kid on my mom's plants.........ickkkkkkky
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:28 PM   #32
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OMG.......I forgot about the horny worm.

Actually I never saw one on my tomato plants last year, but I remember them as a kid on my mom's plants.........ickkkkkkky
I grew up in Southern California. My mum was from Denmark. She grew tomatoes and I think there were some other plants. She quit vegetable gardening when she met a bunch of horn worms on her tomatoes. I don't think she knew such things existed. I thought they were nifty. I was about 4.
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:49 PM   #33
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:39 AM   #34
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So, like I'm thinking of maybe finding a nearby plot to lease. Not so much for a harvest of true tomatoes, but for a crop of horny worms with which to make girls scream. I'm afraid to ask what the heck, and can you post a pic.
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Old 03-07-2011, 05:56 AM   #36
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And if you find one get rid of it immediately. Where there is one there are more and they will just destroy your tomato plants.
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Old 03-07-2011, 07:57 AM   #37
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Another easy-to-grow, but expensive-to-buy is shallots. And they will winter over. For you southerners, the season is over, but next fall plant brocolli and brussels sprouts and have a crop all winter. In mid-winter I would put in a crop of onion sets, use as green onions all summer (thinning them), then actually have fresh onions the next year.
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Old 03-07-2011, 08:37 AM   #38
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Another easy-to-grow, but expensive-to-buy is shallots. And they will winter over. For you southerners, the season is over, but next fall plant brocolli and brussels sprouts and have a crop all winter. In mid-winter I would put in a crop of onion sets, use as green onions all summer (thinning them), then actually have fresh onions the next year.
I second that (re: shallots). I planted a lot of red onions and shallots last summer (more than usual). I ran out of shallots and onions about the beginning of February. I'm planting more this year <g>. If you have a small area, you might consider growing those things that are not readily available at a U-pick or Farmer's market. I used to get my tomatoes for salsa at a U-pick (when we both worked full-time) and would grow the peppers, tomatillos, onions, cilantro for the salsa instead of taking up the limited real estate we had at the time with that many tomatoes (I did grow tomatoes, but not enough for the amount of salsa we liked to make). The advantage of going to a U-pick is you can get ALL your tomatoes/cukes/beans at one time and go wild processing them over a weekend. Disadvantage, you don't get to walk out to the garden and pick a couple for dinner (or lunch or breakfast).

I only plant potatoes because I think they are so fun to harvest and because I can plant varieties that cost an arm and a leg in the store. I don't plant "basic" varieties--you can buy them for less than you can buy the seed potatoes.
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So, like I'm thinking of maybe finding a nearby plot to lease. Not so much for a harvest of true tomatoes, but for a crop of horny worms with which to make girls scream. I'm afraid to ask what the heck, and can you post a pic.
Not a very good photo of the hornworm, but you get an idea of it size. If you find a tomato hornworm with these white eggs stuck all over its back, leave the hornworm alone. Those eggs will develop into a parasitic wasp and will forever after eventually kill all your hornworms
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Okay, enough bugs and worms, I'm heading to the land of blood and guts where I don't get weirded out. eeewwww!!!
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