For those of you following the saga of the $100 tomato, we have an update. Our veggies have been doing splendidly, and we’ve been excited about the tomatoes in particular. We have lots of tomatoes ripening on the vine.
Well, Mountain Man came to visit today, and he was looking at our vegetable garden when he spotted some defoliation we hadn’t noticed. “You’ve got a worm,” he declared. And indeed we did have a worm—a tomato hornworm, to be exact—a plump green caterpillar whose ambition in life is to eat tomato plants and turn into a hummingbird moth.
MM: There’s your worm, TS. What are you going to do with it?
TS: Absolutely nothing. I’m in charge of watering; DH can be in charge of worms.
MM: So how do you guys want to dispose of these worms? You know, you can save them for the grandkids so they can watch them turn into moths.
MM: Or you can squish ‘em, or cut ‘em in half with a pair of pruning shears. Grasshoppers actually smile at you while you’re doing ‘em.
TS: Ewww! If I did stuff like that to a caterpillar, I’d be worrying about how to notify its next of kin.
So, except for the ongoing adventure of seeking and destroying the tomato worms, and my angst at harming even the tiniest of creatures, our garden is doing well. We had some wonderful salads with our lettuce and arugula, and we can’t wait to taste our first tomato! I hope the little pests leave some for us.