The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

| 8/20/2015 12:59:00 PM

Tags: Garden Pests, Hornworms, Praying Mantis, Traveling, Pepper Plants, Renee-Lucie Benoit,

Renee-Lucie BenoitI water my garden every day. I have to. There's no rain coming from the sky to help me out here. So I'm happy to say I have a robust crop of two kinds of Japanese peppers: PIM green bell pepper and Shisito. I have also Thai hot chilis coming in.

Unfortunately, I also have a robust crop of tomato hornworms. For some reason the worms are ignoring the tomatoes and going gangbusters on my pepper plants. The very day I was taking off for a weeklong vacation to see my sister in Colorado I noticed that something was eating the leaves. Upon investigation I was shocked and annoyed to find at least seven of these Godzilla-like behemoths munching placidly away. Oh, you buggers!

So there I was picking off these monsters in between breaks to pack. It was: What's more important? Packing or picking hornworms? I absolutely knew I could not leave the hornworms for a week to do their business. I would not be coming back to any pepper plants if I did. So, truthfully, it was picking hornworms that was more important. As I picked worms I thought, "Hmm, well, I can do without this in Colorado ... I can do without that ... Whatever I forget I can get there or borrow from my sister." All you gardeners know what I mean. When it comes to protecting defenseless vegetables from marauding insects, there's only one course of action and that is ... action! No procrastination allowed! So what if your plane leaves in two hours? You've got to pick the hornworms!

Reader, I made it. I made it to the plane but not without a modicum of anxiety. It was worth it to know that my pepper plants would thrive. I'd do it again any day.

That's a quarter next to Godzilla the horn worm. Sorry the picture is so bad. I had to go pack.

That's a quarter next to Godzilla the horn worm. Sorry the picture is so bad. I had to go pack.

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