Tuesday, July 1, 2008

How Does Your Garden Grow?

last year, after living next to Charlie, worlds best gardener, I really got motivated to try gardening. I didn't get off with a big bang this year as planned,.... but it's not a total loss. This year can be chalked up to experimentation and learning. Organic Gardening 101, without the cool teacher James Brown.
For my experiments... we have tomatoes, carrots, watermelon and onions.
Below is "Big Boy" my tomato plant. His brother died early on but he has really thrived.. so much so that I have it all rigged up to the porch and steps... not a pretty site but, effective.


and producing fruit no less...
The Carrots, are like.. blowin UP! I didn't know to spread out the seeds , so they are thick/overcrowded and probably a little stunted due to that.. but look at this thing. I'm totally proud. They still have a way to go. Bugs Bunny would be thrilled.
Then today... I'm outside watering "Big Boy" and I notice he is missing QUITE A FEW leaves.. so I'm mentally scanning my roledex of gardening info (it didnt take long) and I'm thinking.. maybe some birds or cats have been enjoying his leaves.. UNTIL I saw a creature.. it was a nasty FAT green worm... and it was covered with white things, which I assumed were babies.. and since it had babies I removed it and transplanted it to another location.. then upon further inspection I see momma worm was not alone.. these disgusting and HUGE worms were all over. I'm talking like Biblical insect invasion style.. AND as big as my INDEX finger.... UGH so I was all disgusted and called my dad to let him know he had completely failed to mention these things and he is all "yeah that white stuff isnt babies either, its LICE!!!!!!!"@#$%^&*()_
OMG.. you have got to be kidding me! LICE ! So i go back to the worms new location and do away with it. Not before taking a picture though:)
In the beginning I was all about the organic gardening .. no insecticides, fertilizers etc.. but I tell you I would at this point prefer to eat the chemicals than I had eat vegetables that have been hanging out with leachy, lice ridden WORMS. UGH

This pretty much solidifies that Erikface will never eat anything I grow. The onions and watermelon are still alive, and growing.... but nothing worth photographing yet! Stay tuned.

13 comments:

Julie said...

That is really DISGUSTING. Let's hope the DOGGLES have not eaten one of those worms or gotten the LICE in their furs. It may be living in your house! I would be blowing that place up with insecticides.

grizaham said...

Um, Lice? I think we should just buy our vegetables like everyone else...

grizaham said...

Oh, maybe he was talking about plant lice otherwise known as the aphid..... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aphid

Lets just hope.

SarahL said...

Before you go spraying everything down with chemicals, just know the first thing they asked us when we took Smokey into the vet when she couldn't walk and was basically dying was if we had put any chemicals on our yard or in the house. That in itself made me never want to use any of that stuff again. Chemicals are no good for the doggles!

tiny e said...

Aghhhh!!! That's disgusting!

ml said...

Ever the biologist, I found this site for you. Those are not lice, but parasitic wasps and they will NOT parasitize the peeps or doggles, just the hornworms, which are actually caterpillars. Read it, it tells you some safe products to use. http://organicgardensite.com/bugs-harmful/tomato-horn-worms/

Shannon N said...

That is SICK! You should just burn it all down and go get a cheeseburger.

auhays said...

I have a secret fear of caterpillars. I don't like anything that has a weird-looking face!!! I'm going to be sick now

Jill said...

Those things are disgusting. I would vacate my house over something like that. Blech! Speaking of gross 'hood insects, we had mammoth flying cochroaches on our front porch last night. I told Joe if he opened the door and let one in, I was shooting myself. Not kidding...SICK. Size of your big toe.

PS Sorry I missed the party...I was so out of sorts...maybe we can get together another time?

East Nashville...where we can grow some BIG bugs.

Scott Terry said...

Im not sure its a bad thing to have the worms. I think they provide nutrients.

I'll research...

Scott Terry said...

http://www.oznet.ksu.edu/dp_hfrr/extensn/problems/hornworm.htm

Eww the tomato hornworm!

Andrea said...

I think I'm going to have nightmares tonight after seeing the picture of those awful worms!

Kyle said...

You can go to Home Depot or Lowe's and they have organic sprays that will control the problem on your plants. Just talk to someone who works there. I also found that if you use liquid dish detergent, a small amount, and dilute it with water, you can spray it on your plants and it works pretty well. I would buy the stuff from the store though.

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