February 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm #483183
dipel eh? looks like another trip to bunnings.
i haven’t spotted mites as of yet *Fingers crossed*February 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm #483184
Must be the year for caterpillars, alot of my Toms also have holes. 👿 Gave the girls nets to catch the Cabbage moths, less moths = less catepillars. Seems to be more then usual around.February 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm #483185
Gem – you won’t see the mites, they’re too small. You’ll just notice brown dry leaves and bronzing of the stems. They cause a lot of destruction in a very short space of time. They are hard to control. They like very hot dry weather like we had last weekend.February 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm #483186
I’ve got squillions of caterpillars… chookies have been getting at least half a dozen that I’ve picked off the brocolli and radish leaves a day… they love their little green treats 😆
Nothing seems to be doing much damage to my tomatoes though. just the odd bird peck.
I’ve picked two sad looking little things so far!! (A repeat pic I know… but the tommies are in the corner!)February 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm #483187
do they also attack blueberries? because my blueberries are near the tomatoes and seriously – brown dry leaves on the edges and the stems are going brown/look like they’re dying..
in fact, that’s what my lemon looked like too before it died..February 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm #483188
here are my toms at the moment. all tidied up with the bottom branches stripped and then tied to poles.
i’m a bit worried about some of them. here are the ones in pots facing west near the door.
i checked on the red one this evening (don’t know if you can see it, it’s that little sliver of red behind the leaf there..) and it burst in my hand. :unsure: :unsure: :unsure:
so that’s that… 🙁February 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm #483189
sorry about the blurriness. i’d offer to retake the pic but they’re all pretty much eaten now except for the ones with green in them. i was debating with fozzie today whether or not i should risk eating them anyway. they sat there at my desk just TAUNTING me with their juicyness… 🙁
here’s some more that’s unripe…
unfortunately not all the toms i have look as perfect.
i spotted these the other morning…
and a closeup, note the arrows pointing out cap’ and hole..
i think it’s amazing that they can drill such perfect circles..
i haven’t gotten around to getting the dipel yet. if i get around to it tonight i might have a look in my gardening books and see if there’s any organic way to get rid of them, short of simply squishing. they look different to my usual neon green white butterfly babies.February 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm #483190
The pear toms look perfect!! I picked a Roma that was starting to colour up… I’ve been too slack to get the netting over them, so don’t want to leave anything with any colour or the king parrots will be along for a feast!
What a funny little caterpillar hole! You need some chooks to feed the tomato to!February 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm #483191
yeah i’m just dumping them on the ground at the moment. am hoping they’ll eventually reseed? might be though that it’s simply not very garden hygenic. who knows…
not too sure about chooks. am worried about snakes. not to mention another responsibility. puppies are more than enough. haha. although the idea of fresh eggs does appeal!
i thought i had romas too, but i don’t know where they are… that or they’re simply too small at the moment to spot. certainly nothing’s coming up that looks the size of the romas in the supermarket, that’s for sure!February 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm #483192
Fruit fly are getting my tomatoes :angry: Does anyone know whether spinosad based spray is organic? Usually I’m too lazy to even spray organic stuff, but the flies are getting all my big tomatoes and half my cherry ones as well as some figs.
However, I am getting enough cherry tomatoes to give some in my girls lunch boxes each day 🙂 So happy with that.February 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm #483193
that’s so great feywind!!!
no idea about the sprays. hopefully someone else can chip in on that one.February 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm #483194
My Tomatoes are currently copping a battering from both fruit flies and caterpillars. I went to my local nursery for some sprays to use that were organic, and I was given Yates Natures Way Fruit Fly Control, and Yates Natures Way Caterpillar Killer Dipel. I was assured that both were organic, and that there was no waiting period after spraying your plants before you could eat the tomatoes. They claim to be harmless to bees, ladybeetles, birds, mammals, frogs and fish.
I could not see on either bottle that they were endorsed by any “Organic Association”, so I csnnot say they are 100% organic, but they were the best that I could get hold of. The fruit fly mix looks and smells like vegemite and I sprayed the lower half on my tomato plants, and the caterpillar formula was sprayed over the tops of the plants. I only sprayed on Monday, so not to sure about how effective it is just yet.
The lady at the nursery said that fruit flies usually only attack the ripe tomatoes, so you are best to pick them a little early and let them ripen inside.
Good luck..February 8, 2011 at 4:45 pm #483195
thanks for the tip about the dipel sammi. i’d read about dipel being the cure but didn’t realise it was so safe!
although reading your comments about smelling like vegemite reminds me i did buy some caterpillar killer stuff back in june last year or so. i wonder where the bottle went…. it was made with chilli, pyrethrum and garlic and was an absolute STINKER! :sick:February 9, 2011 at 12:40 am #483196
I really sympathise for you guys struggling with fruit fly. As bad as the caterpillars and mites are here, I know they are controllable with a bit of dedication and effort. I would be devastated if fruit fly were a problem here too. My tomato plants are looking really shabby now – I’m just hoping they’ll kick back now I’ve sprayed them with Dipel/BioOil/soap/oil. Thankfully I’m still picking some ripe tomatoes from before the pests hit in earnest – not sure if more fruit will set now. The bigger tomatoes next to the tennis ball are Amish Paste. I’ll be saving seed this season – they are huge and very fleshy without many seeds. Just put 5 x big jars of diced tomatoes in the Fowlers urn tonight. Off to see if they’re boiling yet….
This lot picked 2 days ago:
This lot picked tonight – I’m having to pick them quite green at the moment because the mice are getting to them if they’re ripe!!February 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm #483197
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:
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