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Picking veggies and pulling some plants.
I had a somewhat productive evening yesterday.
I got another three pound zucchini and decided to pull the plant. There weren't anymore blossoms, and the leaves were turning, so I figured this plant did more than enough for me. It had a great season. I got three huge zucchinis and 5 average sized ones from that one plant.
One of my acorn squash was getting yellow and a bit mildew-ish, so I pulled that plant out too. I got two good sized acorn squash from that plant. I still have another plant growing on the other end of the garden, so I'm looking forward to more.
Again, I must thank Sjoerd for his wisdom and advice. I cut the blossoms and tops off the tomato plants to make sure the plants' energy will go into ripening the tomatoes that are already grown instead of wasting it making the plant grow taller and putting out more blossoms with the season almost over. I was able to pick about 2 or 3 pounds of cherry tomatoes. I promised tomatoes to certain family members, so I'll fulfill my promises first, and once that is taken care of, I will save the rest for myself.
While I was going through the jungle of my tomato plants, I found an exciting discovery:
Tomato Hornworm with Braconid Wasp cocoons ( photo / image / picture from Beeker's Garden )
I am quite excited and have been planning on how to make my gardens more hospitable for these little babies. I was a bit surprised to see that the hornworm was still munching on my tomato plant even with its back so loaded up with cocoons. I read that they stop eating once they are infested with the eggs, nevermind the cocoons. I'm not that bothered about it though. The branch the hornworm was on isn't an important one, it is almost the end of the season, and it is carrying cocoons. Yes, hornworm, keep munching, make sure you are a healthy meal for my baby wasps. I didn't realize what I was looking at, but last night, one of the wasps tried to come into the house. I shooed it away and closed the door.
I know only my fellow stewbies can understand and appreciate my excitement over my hornworm.
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Well Beeker, you sure did have a productive evening. The Zuc plant that you lifted did produce for you. I reckon you were well chuffed with that!
Thank you for passing on Sjoerds words of wisdom about the tomato plants. I didn't know that and will do those things as soon as I get home.
Well, That's one way of getting rid of the hornworm. But watch your plants,, there is rarely only one hornworm.
Thanks. Wow--a kilo. That is a lot of cherry toms!