Update 06/18/14: Some images to this post were accidentally deleted a long time ago, but everything else is the same. Thanks for understanding!

I guess my time was a-comin’ sooner than I thought. At least my proverbial black thumb wasn’t a part of this destruction. That much I can say brings me a bit of comfort.

My poor tomato plants! Just last week I was so excited to have new blooms and baby tomatoes. It is amazing what can happen within hours. If I remember correctly, I didn’t check on my plants for about 36 hours over the weekend. Meaning, I watered them on Friday evening and then didn’t water them until Sunday (it rained Saturday).

This is the lovely horrifying surprise I was greeted with:

Tomato Hornworms
which according to Wikipedia can be a major pest in gardens. Really? I would have never guessed!   


Needless to say, I’m sure there’s a good God reason why this creature is part of Earth. Like when it becomes a moth and flies away, eating mosquitoes or tiny spiders. Don’t take my word for it, though.

One last sad picture…

So now that my tomato plants are officially down for the count, all that’s left of my garden is the lemongrass, oregano and mint.



Fall/winter (whatever that is in Florida) might as well just get here now – I’m done gardening for this season.

How is your garden doing?

5 thoughts on “Short-Lived

  1. Allie Luck says:

    We live in FL and can never get anything to grow, or I should say we get them to grow but they never make it off of the vine. My husband slaved over a garden for me in our back yard and I planted it and “took care” of it. I was pleasantly surprised to see how big all of my vegies were getting. I swear once they started looking good I went out to check them out the next day and everything looked like raisins. We got some bugs down here.

  2. Urban Wife says:

    @ O'Melly – It certainly seems like we have extra pests here! Next season, I will just have to be on the lookout more. With transplanting, I've learned that watering a TON is crucial the first few days because of the “shock” you just gave the plant. I'm glad your other plants are doing well! 😉

  3. O'Melly says:

    I wish I had gotten tomatoe plants this year! we don't have nearly has many pests in our gardens as you guys to in the south. Maybe climate reasons?

    Anywho.. only one of my plants has died (actually two) my cat dug one up.. and then I tried to transplant one into a bigger pot and it died somehow. 😦 The rest are doing well though!

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