Monthly Archives: September 2012

More pests….cucumber beetles

So, I thought we had all these great beneficials on the plot, but today when I was harvesting chard, I noticed a number of these black spotted yellow beetles. Upon closer investigation, it appeared they were actually eating holes in the leaves. And, they seemed to be everywhere! Sadly, I learned these are cucumber beetles, […]

And then the hornworm moved in and so did the wasps…the cycle of life continues on the farm

Last week I reported on finding tomato fruitworms on my tomatoes. Apparently, the hornworm quickly followed. These guys are huge and scary looking with a sharp pointy horn on one end…and, wow, do they do some damage! I couldn’t believe how stripped some of the plants looked. I was also pleasantly surprised by the presence […]

Pests: tomato fruitworm

This year we have noticed much more life on the farm….that means more beneficials and more pests as well. Unfortunately, the pests have won out on the war over the tomatoes. I recently went into the hoop house to do some tomato maintenance (trellising and pinching the suckers), and noticed holes in many of the […]