Thursday, July 23, 2009

Something Appetizing, and Something Not

So I decided to make green chili cheeseburgers tonight. I think they turned out pretty good, and my husband liked them, so they passed the test. I think I need to change what condiments I use because I didn't really like mustard on it. Not bad for a first attempt. I'll try again another time.

I found my third cutworm on my tomatoes today. They are beautiful, but really gross. When the worker guy was at my house, I found a huge cutworm, about the size of a breakfast sausage. I yelled for my youngest son to come, but he wasn't around. The worker asked if he could help me. When I showed him the cutworm, I think it grossed him out. He said, "Let me see if I can find something to get it with." I could tell he really didn't want to touch it. My son came along and tried to pry it off the plant, but it had all of it's legs gripping the stem, so he couldn't without squishing it. And frankly, none of us could stomach squishing it. Just then it occurred to me that I could just break off the branch of the tomato plant and throw it in the leaf bin. The last two I found aren't as big, but just as gross. I'm not quite sure how to get rid of them, if you have any ideas, let me know.


Fromagette said...

My mom would pay us to pick them off. I think it was about 5 cents each and, come to think of it, I don't think she ever paid us. :)

Oh, and I too think they are absolutely disgusting.

Amber said...

our green chili burgers mostly come without condiments, but you might try some kind of chipolte mayo, I think that would be good, or just chili pepper and mayo

Here's what I found on google for the cutworm problem:
Put Bacillus Thuingiensis (BT) a biological control, on the soil that surrounds your plants. This natural powder paralyzes the cutworm's intestinal tract. Don't o get any BT on the leaves, or you may accidentally kill butterfly larvae. Put more BT on the soil after each rainfall.

A friend told me to use Epsom Salts around all my bulb plants as they began to emerge from the soil and several times through the early spring. I don't know if it has killed them but they are leaving my tulips, etc. alone now. The Epsom Salt is really good for my rose bush and seems to "green up" everything too.

Another solution for cutworms is to just insert, next to the stem of the seedlings, a wooden matchstick or a wooden toothpick. If the seedling has a wide girth, than 2 toothpicks on either side work. I've used this for years and even had this hint published in a book. I always carry a toothpick container out to the garden in the spring.

teresa said...

blow torch. or acid.