Posts Tagged ‘garden’

Grow Op For Seeds Up And Running

March 25, 2014

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I heard enough complaining from the wife about all of my seed starts making a huge mess so this year I decided to go to Ace Hardware and get some supplies to start my own little grow room.  It really was much cheaper then I expected to buy a few florescent lights that had power plugins built directly into them.  Peppers take forever to start so that being said I had those suckers seeded early March.  I ended up planting 6 different types of peppers including bell peppers, brown chocolate Jamaican habaneros, Big Daddy Devils, jalapenos, and a few seeds I saved from last years pepper harvest. Next came the tomatoes and purple cauliflower I ordered off Amazon.  I went with 6 different types of tomatoes to have a nice variety like the peppers:  Giant white tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, San Marzano tomatoes heirlooms, yellow pear tomatoes & a few seeds from last years harvest.

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HD Tomato Hornworms / Five-Spotted Hawkmoth in Wisconsin – Devours Tomato Plants – Garden Pest!

September 28, 2013

The five-spotted hawkmoth (Manduca quinquemaculata) is a brown and gray hawk moth of the Sphingidae family. The caterpillar, often referred to as the tomato hornworm, can be a major pest in gardens. Tomato hornworms are closely related to (and sometimes confused with) the tobacco hornworm (Manduca sexta). This confusion arises because caterpillars of both species feed on the foliage of various plants from the family Solanaceae, so either species can be found on tobacco or tomato leaves, and the plant on which the caterpillar is found does not indicate its species.

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When the caterpillars turn into the moth they are mistaken for humming birds because the way they flutter their wings so quickly (fastest month!)

Tomato hornworms are known to eat various plants from the family Solanaceae, commonly feeding on tomato, eggplant, pepper, tobacco, moonflowers and potato. Accordingly, they are often found on defoliated tomato plants, the caterpillar clinging to the underside of a branch near the trunk. They are difficult to spot due to their green coloration. Tomato hornworms fluoresce differently from tomato leaves. Using an ultraviolet light source of 375 nm and viewed behind a blue-blocking filter (yellow or amber filter), a tomato hornworm fluoresces in bright green while a tomato leaf appears deep red/amber. This sharp color contrast helps gardeners locate tomato hornworms at night. They can be reduced by planting marigold flowers around these plants.

Video of the Tomato Hornworms feeding on one of my tomato plants:

Video of the Five-Spotted Hawkmoth Up Close in HD:

Five-Spotted Hawkmoth In Action

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2013 Garden Seed Starts: Tomatoes, Peppers, Green Beans, Snow Peas, Broccoli….

April 10, 2013

 

04-11-13 Seed Starts

04-11-13 Seed Starts

04-11-13 Seed Starts

This year I got anxious and ended up planted my seeds inside earlier then the prior years.