This little fellow and I had it out today.
I won, but the damage had been done.
He decided to rest in my dwarf plum tree
which had fruited only once since I planted it.
It was covered with bees in the early Spring
so I was hopeful
Then I saw the poop.
And looked up.
Not so good.
Ya know, there were only a couple of plums on this tree.
Couldn't I ask for just a couple of plums???
Needless to say, the worm had a dinner date with the chickens
and chicken was not on the menu.
Moving on to the larger garden, I checked on the tomatillos.
Holes. Uh oh.
I turned the leaf over and saw what I didn't want to see.
I ran back to the house for the duct tape,
wrapping it around my hand backwards
and began gently pulling off the eggs.
I saw the mama, I think it is a three lined potato beetle,
red, yellow and black striped.
She got away, but I got the kids.
As I was looking at my rose on the garden wall
I saw more poop!
I don't get fat, green worms on my roses.
What the heck is this guy?
So then I spot this butterfly.
Pretty, isn't it?
Well I'm sure it too will be soon be pooping
on my delicious fruit, vegetables and pretty roses.
A mulberry tree is sprouting up just behind her
and it's somewhere that I can let it grow!
I'm sure she'll find it and her wiggly little offspring
will munch and much until I end up with a
What's a gardener to do?