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Or a purple heart, or silver star or SOMETHING.

When a caterpillar is so big that it requires TWO HANDS to pry it off your plant, friends, that caterpillar is simply too big to live. And when the meter reader hombre who looks like he eats sheet metal in his spare time SQUEALS LIKE A GIRL and flaps his hands when you accidentally fling said caterpillar towards him and an awaiting bird, said caterpillar is too big to live. The length of a deck of cards, thicker than my thumb. Horrible stinger on its butt. (Tomato horn worm.)

Six today, five yesterday, and I'm just about to nuke my whole garden. I had to cut a grasshopper in half in a parry move with my clippers, a grasshopper hell bent for leather on flapping its hideous wings in my face, forcing me to cut off my face meat due to contamination.

Why am I a gardener? Why do I make a habitat for all creatures? I've had rats in there (okay, field mice, but when they're dead and gutted from a hungry owl, it becomes something gross) snakes (I'm okay with snakes) ginormous grasshoppers, KILLER SPIDERS, and caterpillars that are more like baby anacondas. If my neighbors would stop setting out friggin' bird feeders, I'd have more hungry beasts doing the work for me. (I am grateful to my faithful family of mockingbirds that see me out in the garden and line the fence, waiting for me to fling something towards them.)

I just want flowers and veggies, is that too much to ask? I stood in the driveway, arms bent in to my sides, hoping up and down on my feet, slapping at my arms and torso because I thought one of them got on my shirt. Good morning, neighborhood!

Disclaimer: I only got rid of the ones on my actual tomatoes, because I would rather eat the tomatoes than those buggers. I left the ones on other plants, because they turn into this, which is really beautiful. The caterpillar is all muscled and grody to the MAX. Blech.

Disclaimer 2: I am a former Master Gardener, so I *must* garden. It's like asking me to stop smoking hash. Or murdering hobos. It's in my BLOOD. Ahaha. Heh. One portion of this second disclaimer is true, but which??


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Sep. 23rd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
OMG omg OMG omg!!!! ::gets you beekeeper netting and a hat::

::shudders:: Bugs is gross.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
BUGS IS SO GROSS. (I do like beetles and worms and butterflies and moths and dragonflies.) The others are GROSS ZOMG.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)

I'm worried one day I'll have to travel there in a rescue mission and find you all wrapped up in a pod!!!
Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
Clearly we need to find you a dwarf that can craft you Stinger, so you can a) be made aware of evil's presence and b) you will be able to kill Shel-bob whatever monstrous creature is trying to eat me!

Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
What is it with you and creepy crawly things lately? HEE!
Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
I don't know if they think I'm their FRIEND because of the daily buffet, or if they're mad that there's not MORE and are eyeing me appreciatively!

*is filled with woe*
Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
*climbs on your shoulders and cries*
Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
omg tomato hornworms are DISGUSTING. I suggest parasitic wasps to go after any more that might be lurking, once you've chopped that one into TINY BITS.

me, I do not garden utside any more, I am playing with a contraption on my kitchen table that produces lovely herb plants.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
I have no parasitic wasps in my vicinity (and buying them is a waste of money - they'll take off to the furthest point from where they were held captive.)

I, unfortunately, need to garden. It's my happy place. Except when portions of it attempt to eat me alive! :(

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Sep. 23rd, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
Eeeeeep! *hugs you to protect you from the creepy crawlies*
Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
I'm going to make like a spider monkey and get up on your head, mm'kay?
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Sep. 23rd, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, the joys of gardening! I'd forgotten how sometimes it's like going on a bloody safari in the deep jungles of Africa. You never know what you might find.

*rustling noise*

OMG! It's a raptor! RUN!! *out screams the meter reader* Oh, shit that was a caterpillar...*is embarrassed*

Sometimes those caterpillars are carnivorous--Scouts Honor! *grins*
Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
I KNEW I forgot something! My machete and guide book! *marks down location of R.O.U.S.s and fire swamps*

I believe you - they would totally eat me, I know it!
Sep. 23rd, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
THAT'S what those ugly things turn into? That moth with the eyes on the back of its neck? I never knew that. I have tons of both of those all over the place.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:39 pm (UTC)
YES! I'm a big fan of pretty moths, which means I'm a big fan of most of them. I just don't want these bastards eating my tomato plants as they're just about to be ready for picking.

(I even plant stuff for them to live on, the greedy bastards!)
Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Did I tell you I have a weasel? A real furry little weasel, much more attractive than the human kind, and apparently hell on rodents.

Not much bigger than your caterpillar, and yet, it has put paid to the idea of raising chickens once and for all.

Julia, one gardens because that is what one does, j'espere?
Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'd love to raise fancy chickens with floofy feet and exuberant crowns, but instead of a hard-working weasel, I have stalking, serial killing kitties.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
We haven't had any tomato horn worms, but all the rest and more reside in our yard. We are the bird feeders in the neighborhood though, (a few years ago we had to call the cops on the neighbor behind us because he was shooting grackles). In the winter when there isn't much in the way of garden going on, I put out tons of seed and suet, so that they know where our yard is, and then of course, in the summer it is just a buffet.

This year we are actually going to get pomegranates off our trees, for the first time. We have had them for about 8 years now, and they have had fruit since the second year, but usually those funky little black and red bugs with the long antennae get into them. For some reason this year those bugs are MIA, and I am not unhappy about that.

We are still getting tomatoes, although Patty is doing her best to kill them, darn her. She keeps forgetting to water!
Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
This is the first year they've actually gotten to my tomatoes. Normally they're fine with my datura, which I keep just for them. They're just greedy bastards, is all.

I've got plenty of food for the birds in the form of plants, berries, snails, and giant, killer caterpillars, but when there's food that they don't have to work for... They're not so interested in walking all over the lawn pulling out a meal.

Bugs in general are low in numbers this year due to the population explosion of last summer. I'm not complaining either, as it means I've not had a repeat of the Spider of Doom at my front door like I have every year prior.
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Sep. 23rd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
I would *never* ask you to stop murdering hobos. You know that, right?
Sep. 23rd, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
Well aren't you the sweetest?! I love it that I don't have to change for you. ;)
Sep. 23rd, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Thats one hell of a caterpiller... o.O
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Yeesh, I know, right? Blech.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Big single ones I can live with. Its swarms of wormy things I can't take.

I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:09 pm (UTC)
I've got my space suit ready for launch. *salutes*
Sep. 23rd, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
WHAT are those spiders? They're huge!

Also, that horn worm is BLECH.
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:10 pm (UTC)
That's a yellow orb weaver. They are WALKING DEATH. This is the first summer I've not had a plague of them.
Sep. 23rd, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, so you seriously touch those things? *shudders and starts to brush away imaginary bugs* Ugh.
Sep. 24th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)
Not with my bare hands!! I wear my heavy duty rose-vine gloves made of thick leather. Eww, I don't want to TOUCH them!
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