Ugh! It’s tomato hornworm season in the vegetable garden. I opened my mouth to soon, just yesterday I told hubby I hadn’t had any pest in the garden this year. Luckily I only found one tomato worm, that I could find anyway, and got right on picking it off and squashing it under my shoe.
Hornworms are quite large and always startle me when I find one. They blend in perfectly with the plant and are sometimes hard to find. A good indication of where they are hiding is right above a pile of poop dropping located on the leave below them. Many times the droppings are easier to find than the worm.
I have a sure fire way to get rid of them and it works every time. When I was a new hairstylist many moons ago I had an elderly, 99 year old, client from Ireland that had the best garden tips and as she talked I took it all in. Why is it the old timers have the best way of doing things and more often than not you’ll never find these ways documented anywhere?
Here’s what she told me to do….In the early morning or late evening when there’s dew on the tomato plant take out your flour sifter filled with flour and sprinkle the flour over the entire tomato plant. Done! Yep, that’s it, that’s all you have to do; just sprinkle the tomato plant with ordinary baking flour. Apparently the tomato worm munches on the tomato plant leaf dusted with flour and it puffs them up and makes them explode.
I’ve been using this method for 30 years now and it never fails. Now if it rains you’ll have to redust the plants but it cheap and easy to do. I know there’s many products on the market that do the same thing but this is natural. I normally only do it once I find an actual worm and one dose normally does the trick, unless like I said it happens to rain right after I do it.
So there you have it, all you need is a trip to your kitchen pantry to solve the tomato hornworm problem. I’ve never seen or heard of this method used anywhere, have you?