- Joined Mar 31, 2011
Last year I lost my entire crop of tomatoes to Tobacco Worms..they are creepy and big and nasty, and they ate across every tomato in my garden. Any ideas how to prevent them from coming to my garden?
You can't leave chickens unguarded in a garden. They will scratch up and eat some plants as well. Guinea Hens are better cause they don't scratch up plants, will hunt down bugs and are not big plant eaters. Also if your garden is fenced in you have a good chance of finding the eggs as Guinea Hens don't have regular nesting sites and tend to lay eggs kinda wherever.
I can't grow borage. We have rabbits around here and they love the stuff! They'll go out of their way to eat my plants to the ground, usually as soon as I plant them.
The parasitic wasp larvae are fascinating to watch as they hatch out and eat the hornworms from the inside out. It takes them a few days to do it and the worm holds onto the tomato branch through the entire process, until it's nothing more than a skin, then it drops off.