All Things Gardening forum: First heirloom tomato!

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Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 23, 2013 4:36 PM CST
My daughter got a late start but made a container garden and did everything to grow tomatoes including one heirloom variety. This morning before work we were admiring this beauty.
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Checking on her big, beautiful tomato at the end of her workday, she learned that the tomato was delicious. Key word in the sentence 'was'...


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Name: Jay
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Horntoad
Aug 23, 2013 4:38 PM CST
greene said:
Checking on her big, beautiful tomato at the end of her workday, she learned that the tomato was delicious. Key word in the sentence 'was'...
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Apparently the Hornworm thought so. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Alex Volker
Ames, IA (Zone 5a)
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cherokeealex
Aug 24, 2013 2:55 PM CST
Agh, tomato hornworms are so obnoxious!
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Claudia
Aug 24, 2013 3:39 PM CST
Oh man.....I know that feeling well. Angry Now I know to start checking for those evil creatures when August hits. So far I have not seen any at my house.

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Name: wendy james
frisco, texas
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wendyjames2
Aug 29, 2013 10:28 AM CST
I can't say it was a relief to see that it isn't just happening to me. I wonder if there is any organic way to handle this. i do not want resort to using pesticides. I'm new to this so I am sure a lot of folks out there are more experienced. Any suggestions?
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Aug 29, 2013 1:41 PM CST
We haven't seen a hornworm for two years. No pesticides. But we have tons of birds so they seem to be taking care of them for us. Aything you can do to attract birds, including orioles, barn swallows, blackbirds, bluebirds, flycatchers, grackles and sparrows
Name: Greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Aug 29, 2013 3:30 PM CST
Plant extra tomato plants then stand back and admire the hummingbird moths when they emerge.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Sep 8, 2013 10:27 AM CST
I agree with Arlene. Attract the birds to your yard and they take care of the problem. I would put a bird feeding station very, very near your tomato plants. The birds will fly into your tomato patch and soon spot any bugs or worms. Works for me.

Jason12
Sep 26, 2013 10:50 PM CST
Well that is looking really good in size and shape. I think you will get the best tomatos from this plant. But you have to grow it very carefully. Good luck, glad to see the photos.
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