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Old 06-15-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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on my garden, my poor garden, we had a horrible storm last night and all my plants are smashed to the ground even the tomatoes. I think they will come back and thank God it only lasted about 15 minutes, but we were without electricity for about 12 hours.

Nita
Hope your garden rebounds and your tomatoes come back.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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I ate my first zucchini, and I see a couple of smaller ones. Tomatoes and peppers/eggplant are still small. My pole beans have flowers. The Kohlrabi still don't have any bumps on them...I think I may need to throw some compost on the veggies.

The spinach has gone to seed. I wonder if I can still eat it?
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:13 PM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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For those who seem to know a whole lot more than I will ever know about gardening....

There are big bright yellow and black striped caterpillars (rather pretty, actually) attacking the dill. They are about 1" - 1.5" long. They can denude an entire plant overnight.

What are they? Does anybody know?
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:24 PM
Status: "I cannot wait for the heat to break..." (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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For those who seem to know a whole lot more than I will ever know about gardening....

There are big bright yellow and black striped caterpillars (rather pretty, actually) attacking the dill. They are about 1" - 1.5" long. They can denude an entire plant overnight.

What are they? Does anybody know?
Sorry, I just learned about the tomato horn worm last year and it doesn't look like that.

Check this site and see if any look familiar.
ACES Publications : IDENTIFYING CATERPILLARS IN FIELD, FORAGE, AND HORTICULTURE CROPS : ANR-1121


Let us know what it is and how it can be controlled I hope you can save your dill.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:26 PM
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Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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I ate my first zucchini, and I see a couple of smaller ones. Tomatoes and peppers/eggplant are still small. My pole beans have flowers. The Kohlrabi still don't have any bumps on them...I think I may need to throw some compost on the veggies.

The spinach has gone to seed. I wonder if I can still eat it?
Woo hoo. Sorry not sure about the spinach. Try it. My guess is it will be bitter


I am just seeing some of my yellow squash and today I saw my first zucchini, it's about 1/2 inch big, lol....but it's there
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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For those who seem to know a whole lot more than I will ever know about gardening....

There are big bright yellow and black striped caterpillars (rather pretty, actually) attacking the dill. They are about 1" - 1.5" long. They can denude an entire plant overnight.

What are they? Does anybody know?

Is this your caterpillar?

http://www.thebutterflysite.com/1-cr...y-garden.shtml
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:41 PM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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Yep. That certainly looks like it! I think that's it. Thank you. Can't rep just yet, but will do so at some point.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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Yep. That certainly looks like it! I think that's it. Thank you. Can't rep just yet, but will do so at some point.
The Black Swallowtail uses dill, parsley, fennel and carrot as their host plants, so those caterpillars will happily munch away until they start their transformation process.

I try to co-exist and in this situation, I'd try to get my hands on some fennel (which I'm not fond of) or plant a ton of parsley (I always have more than I need) in another location and move the caterpillars to the 'sacrificial plants' as I find them. Everyone wins. I usually only resort to violence for invasive species.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: a nation with hope
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The Black Swallowtail uses dill, parsley, fennel and carrot as their host plants, so those caterpillars will happily munch away until they start their transformation process.

I try to co-exist and in this situation, I'd try to get my hands on some fennel (which I'm not fond of) or plant a ton of parsley (I always have more than I need) in another location and move the caterpillars to the 'sacrificial plants' as I find them. Everyone wins. I usually only resort to violence for invasive species.
I have some parsley but not as much as dill. I'm willing to share the dill with such as these,

Thanks again. I try not to destroy anything until I know what it is and even then I feel reluctant sometimes.
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Old 06-17-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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It's amazing how much they can eat, had them last year on my cilantro. Today I found couple green ones "not as pretty as The Black Swallowtail" eating my collard greens, they have been eating them for couple days but couldn't see them. Now they were visible after eating 1/2 of one and amazing the green "poop" they leave behind :-) I picked all of them (I hope) to continue the battle of man vs nature.
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