Country Lore: Readers’ tips to live by

Reader tips from the June/July 2006 issue of Mother Earth News.

| June/July 2006

  • TomatoHornworm
    Dogs can be trained to eat tomato hornworms.
    BEVERLY BLACK
  • Bees
    Keeping bees around your garden can increase fruit yield.
    ROY HOLDER
  • Sofrito
    June Van Houten prepares her northern sofrito recipe with delicious hot peppers, such as Aji Dulce and Aji Crystal.
    JUNE VAN HOUTEN

  • TomatoHornworm
  • Bees
  • Sofrito
June/July 2006

Our Dogs Hunt Tomato Hornworms
Trellis Creates Garden Space
Chickens Feast on Japanese Beetles
Bees Increase Fruit Yield
Delicious Hot Peppers
Easy Tomato Watering

Our Dogs Hunt Tomato Hornworms

One day last July, my sister was looking closely at our tomato plants and noticed a great deal of damage due to the large, green larvae of the tomato hornworm moth, which lays its eggs during the wee hours of the night. My sister started searching for the hornworms and picked off at least 15.

Our dogs, Heidi, a yellow lab, and Zorro, a German shepherd, became very interested in what my sister was doing, so she offered a worm to each dog. Heidi and Zorro are always hungry, so why not? As unappetizing as it sounds, the dogs gobbled them up. The scent of the hornworms was with them, so the dogs began nosing around in the plants to find the tasty morsels.

Since then, we have seen the dogs in the tomato patch searching for hornworms on their own initiative. They grab the larvae right off the plants and eat them!



Any time we are in the garden, Heidi and Zorro accompany us and locate hornworms much faster than we can. Who would have guessed? This “organic” form of pest control is one that anyone with a dog can try!

Beverly Black
Auburn, Indiana

Trellis Creates Garden Space

I recently began my own small backyard market garden. Pressed for space, I needed a way to gain more area to produce the vegetables I plan to sell at local farmer’s markets.





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