Monday, September 3, 2012

Those Handy Wasps

Well, there was nothing worth posting about in August. A very sad summer, indeed. A week or so ago we got our first significant rain (1.25 inches), but nothing since and we're still in an extreme drought up here in northern Illinois.

But, my tomatoes, being right next to a spigot, have done well. They are a jungle, as usual.

And, I have quite the hornworm infestation. I've found several and taken them to the garbage can, but recently they are all looking like this:

 Those handy parasitic wasps have taken care of most of them.  I'll have to be sure to rake up the mulch this winter, and expose any eggs to freezing temperatures. Assuming we get freezing temperatures this winter, what with all this climate change going on. I think we're going to be considered the American South soon :-) It's going to be over 90 today (Labor Day! In the 90's!).