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That's Some Tomato 
Oct. 9, 2010 9:11 am 
Updated: Oct. 14, 2010 4:08 am
Here it is, October, and my tomatoes are FINALLY starting to ripen. I found a few deep inside the dark and spooky recesses of my overgrown tomato plants. All that were red, and any with a blush and promise of turning red were brought to the house. I went from bush to bush, having planted 10 plants, due to grandiose plans of canning ALL of our tomato products this year, including salsas and bruschetta. Approaching the last plant, I saw to my horror of horrors, a HORNWORM!!! Had I thought to grab my camera, I would show you, and you could see for yourself, that he was as thick around as my waist, and at least 2 feet long…you will just have to take my word for it.

I raced to the house to find a suitable hazmat suit, gloves and a reasonably long tool with pinchers to pluck him off of my victimized plant. I carried him to the chicken pen, while he writhed, twisted and spit on my tool, and squeezed him thru the wire to the waiting hens below, hoping they weren’t overwhelmed by his incredible size.

Returning to the house to ice down my back, obviously strained from carrying such a huge burden  (the aforementioned monster) I began peeling the giant chili peppers I had blistered and sweated the night before. Chili Relleno Casserole and Salsa Verde are on the menu for tonite.

A bag of tomatillos were husked, rinsed and frozen for later use, and I realized I needed to pot up the rosemary, thyme, cilantro and basil before the first really hard freeze.

A few un-carved canoes were resting under my now exhausted zucchini bush, and I watched carefully to see if anything extra terrestrial was going to exit out of the giant flying saucer under the patty pan plant. The garden is just about used up now, and its time to turn to other things. It looks like making soap and waiting to midwife for goats, sheep and cows, is on the calendar for this winter. With luck, I can fit a little riding in too.
Oct. 9, 2010 10:27 am
LOL!!! I pick hornworms off my tomato plants too. I HATE them. My bodyguard sits right beside me while I SCREAM while I'm removing them. This agitates my body guard, who isn't quite certain why I'm carrying on so, BUT is not willing to let my distress go unaddressed, thus he barks and growls ferociously. We are quite the comic sight to others who can't see the huge viciousness of said hornworms.
Oct. 9, 2010 4:18 pm
eeww, eeww, eeww. Are your hens OK? Do you have a flamethrower? Next year you can kill icky stuff and blister your peppers at the same time. (Of course, I'm talking out my butt. I have no idea what the heck a hornworm is, and PLEASE - nobody Google it for me!)
Oct. 9, 2010 4:37 pm
hahaha! mom, you DO have a way with words!
Oct. 11, 2010 8:19 am
well now i have to google it!
Oct. 11, 2010 11:14 am
LOL, I had never heard of a hornworm in my life. So I googled it. OMG, talk about a nightmare! So gross! I'd have to call in reinforcements to remove them, no way I'd be going near that sucker by myself!
Oct. 12, 2010 7:02 am
that is one scary looking worm YUCK, have you tried planting marigolds with your tomatoes, they are suppose to rid the area of pests. My tomatoes got blite (sp) this year, seems the whole area was affected by it. So instead of bushels, I have 2 boxes left to turn into sauce. Made salsa already, just waiting on the last of the tomatoes to ripen for sauce. I made a trial run on lasagna on Saturday, I think I will use this recipe, uses up carrots and my carrots grew like wild fire this year
Oct. 12, 2010 7:04 am this sauce was very tasty. I have also planted onions and garlic near the tomatoe patch. I think finding a worm like that in my tomatoes would have me running for the shot gun:D
Oct. 14, 2010 4:08 am
I think Mominator needs to Mom up and Google that thing. It is a work of those chickens likely won't need any other feed for weeks!
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