My Organic Garden's Best Friend
Aug. 17, 2012 9:52 am
Updated: Sep. 3, 2012 1:29 pm
Without a doubt Organic gardening comes with hazards. This year I opted to forgo even the use of Bt for tomato horn worms. It is said that Bt is safe but after doing a little
reading on the subject I decided to just grow a garden and deal with what ever I might find living and eating my precious plants.
Let me back up a little bit and introduce you to my best buddy and garden helper.
This is Komi.
She is a very large and mostly lazy, black Labrador. Ever since her puppy days she has loved to chase and catch bugs and flying insects. Grasshoppers are her favorite prey
and we laugh at the lengths she goes to in order to track them down. Yes, she does eat them once she catches them.
Some Labs are trained to sniff out drugs, others are trained as search and rescue dogs and still others are cadaver dogs. No doubt about it, Labs have good noses.
This year she has developed a taste and nose for green tomato horn worms. Each morning she looks forward to visiting the tomato plants as I inspect for damage. The other morning
as I was on my hands and knees trying in vain to spot the monster that had quite obviously consumed several branches of leaves. Komi stuck her nose into the tomato plant and sniffed out the invaders. Yesterday, she kept sticking her nose next to my right
ear and excitedly sniff. As I turned my head to shoo her away I came eye to eye with a large horn worm. She had managed to sniff out what I had failed to see.
Some people have bird dogs - I have a bug dog. :)