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Parasitic Wasps Help To Naturally Control Tomato 🍅 Hornworms

I LOVE ❤️ Homegrown Tomatoes! 🍅 Like many of you, I just hate when my plants are attacked by the dreaded Tomato Hornworms! They can devour a plant overnight and ruin your yields. So, I keep an eye on my plants daily & pick them off quickly… Unless I see one that has been visited by a parasitic wasp. Then, I just leave it be… 

In a healthy, organic garden, don’t use chemicals! Let natural predators take care of business | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio

Here’s a link to more info on this wonderful, natural predator, the Parasitic Wasp 👇🏻

https://ugaurbanag.com/tomato-hornworms-and-parasitic-wasps/

Late season Tomatoes 🍅 are the best! I think we are in for a bumper crop of September, October & maybe even November Tomatoes 🍅! Organic just tastes better 😊


Fall is Coming 🍁 

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Beautiful Hummingbird, No, Wait… It’s a Moth?!

I love watering my plants and flowers 🌺 As I water each one carefully, I pinch off bad leaves and dead flowers & really just enjoy the beauty. I also get buzzed by all the hummingbirds going back and forth between feeders and flowers, which is Awesome! And now that we’re into mid/late Summer the little tiny Hummingbirds are back in big #’s… Yep, I’m talking about the Hummingbird Moth! aka: Sphinx Moth, aka: Clearwing Moth, aka: Hawk Moth. 

I just LOVE when these little guys start buzzing around the garden. So hypnotizing to watch. So Beautiful ❤️

These little guys hover in and out of my flowers and literally put on a show. They LOVE all the same flowers as the Hummingbirds too – Lantana, Salvia, Million Bells, Pentas, Trumpet Vine, Honeysuckle, Mandavilla, etc etc… 

Here’s an excerpt from a good article –

“The Clearwing Hummingbird Moths are classified in the Sphinx Moth family. The female moths lays her eggs on larval host plants such as Honeysuckle (Lonicera), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Hawthorns (Crataegus), Cherries and Plums (Prunus).“

If you look at some of these mentioned host plants now, you can find clusters of their eggs 🥚 The are little bitty round, green balls on the bottom of the leaves. Then in short time, you will see the small caterpillars 🐛 Green in color with a distinctive horn at the back (kinda like a tomato hornworm). 

Here is a link to an info page on them that will give you lots of good specific information 👇🏻
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphingidae

Have a great day and get out there and enjoy your gardens in this marvelous weather we’ve been having. Don’t ever waste a Saturday in the Summer 😊

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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