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Post  Retired Member 1 on 6/21/2010, 1:46 pm

I have never, ever in my whole life had this many pests in the garden all in one year. I've lost count as to the types and damage they've done. The final straw was going out this morning and finding my very special save-for-seed Cherokee tomato plant almost completely denuded by three (count them -- three) giant "we are from outerspace" hornworms. I've been gardening for 50+ years and don't think I've ever seen hornworms that large -- they were scary. They could have attacked any other tomato plant and I would have grumbled but shrugged it off, but they went after the one that I planted away from the others since I want to save the seed. The plant was full of blooms but no tomatoes, so I don't know if it will recover. Pits, pits, and more pits.

And while I'm at it, let me add that I've never, ever in my whole life had so many plants completely destroyed by pests in one growing season. Nibbled on, even badly at times, but not completely destroyed. I didn't even get one Mennonite purple bean as the plants were attacked by flea beetles and the beans were attacked by little green caterpillars and by the time I'd eradicated them, the plants were dried up. Pits, pits, and more pits.

This is just a "get it off my chest" rant. Nothing to be done about it as I'm using the appropriate pest repellents/ control. I'm just angry. And to add insult to injury some kind of web-weaving critter is killing the marigolds that I planted to deter pests! Pits, pits, and more pits. (And yeah, I'd like to say something stronger.)

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Post  Shoda on 6/21/2010, 10:52 pm

I am so sorry for you losses. I was going to give you a hug, the the emoticon was smiling. Certainly no cause for smiles.

Let's just hope this bug infestation is just one of those things. It has to get better. I really hope that your special tomato makes it through.
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Post  LaFee on 6/22/2010, 2:28 am

Seems it's been a bad year for pests everywhere...regardless of where!

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Post  Chopper on 6/22/2010, 2:29 am

Maybe they are turning on us!

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Post  Retired Member 1 on 6/22/2010, 6:47 am

@Chopper wrote:Maybe they are turning on us!

Wow, that's a scary thought -- sort of like Hitchcock's "the Birds".

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Post  silverbug on 6/22/2010, 8:16 am

Hm, that is devestating. I'm so sorry. I'm freaking out a bit on some stuff that's not as "important", like watching my little lettuces FINALLY do something (although, now it's getting hot, so, boo) and then going out to find one bunch/head at a time, gnawed down to the ground each day. What the heck? It's dissappointing. I'm getting something just eating my sweet pea flowers to lacy nubs too....been waiting and waiting for them to fill the trellis, but they're being dessimated.

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