039 Who's Eating My Tomatoes? Pt. 1.

Garden Basics with Farmer Fred

Aug 21 2020 • 28 mins

How many times have you gone out to your backyard tomato patch, reached in to harvest what looks like a big, juicy, ripe, red tomato…only to have your fingertips realize…someone’s been eating my tomatoes. Who’s the culprit? Our favorite college horticulture teacher (retired), Debbie Flower, rounds up the suspects and interrogate them one by one. There’s so many possible offenders, it will take us two episodes to get through them all. Plus, we will offer tips on controlling those unwanted tomato chewers, and tell you about the garden good guys that are helping you out. And some of those good guys…you might not even think of them as being beneficials. But they are.

U.C. Farm Advisor Rachael Long tells us about the mud dauber wasp, which can be very effective at controlling another backyard nemesis: black widow spiders.

And, Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery offers a quick tip: why organic fertilizers are so good for your plants.

The life cycle of the tomato hornworm.
Video of a wasp eating a tomato hornworm.
Parasitic wasps lay their eggs on a hornworm.
Effective against tomato hornworms: Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)
How to tell the difference between a yellow jacket and a paper wasp.
Impress your friends! Yellow jacket fun facts.
Meet the beetles! (The Green Fruit Beetle, that is)
Where the blue mud dauber wasp lives in the U.S.
Organic fertilizers for fruit trees

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