Monthly Archives: September 2012

Letting the Good Bugs Win

Hi there.

This is a story of what happens when, instead of automatically grabbing the insecticide, you let nature take its course.

Yesterday I noticed this on my tomato plants:

Tomato Hornworm 09-13

It’s the Tomato Hornworm.  It’s really kinda pretty except for the fact that it’s eating all the leaves on my tomato plants.  And I think it turns into one of the Hawk Moths, which are cool.  Well, I decided to leave it be for the time being.  The next day I went to see how much more he’d eaten and this is what I found:

Parasitic Wasps on Tomato Hornworm 09-14

How cool is that!  Ok, it’s kinda yucky but still very cool.   The white stuff is the larva of the Braconid Wasp, which is a natural predator of the Tomato Hornworm.  BW is a tiny beneficial bug that lays its eggs inside the TH, then the larva eat their way out, eventually killing the TH.  If you leave the TH on the plant and let the BWs do their thing, then you’ll have plenty of new BWs flitting around your garden doing their best to keep your garden free of Tomato Hornworms.

And that, my friend, is nature at its best.

Well, that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Jeanni and Gibbs

Another Reason I Haven’t Posted Lately

Hello there!  Well, the last time I posted was February and that post was talking about why I hadn’t posted in awhile…which is the same theme of this post.  But my reason this time is extra special cool:  I opened a Garden Center in Lake Helen named Roses and Gargoyles!  Yep, back in March I came up with a half-baked idea that my town needs a garden center and that I need to be the person to give them one. Since then I’ve been working like crazy to make it happen.  And my half-baked idea turned into a reality on Opening Day, Saturday, September 1.

I named it “Roses and Gargoyles” for the simple reason I couldn’t think of any other name I like as much as that one.  It’s definitely a different name, and I’m pretty sure there will be no other garden center close by with the same name.  Take a look at the R&G flyer for more info.  You can also visit R&G’s website,, and its Facebook page at

Opening weekend and this first full week has been great.  Getting to be around plants all day, talking about plants with people, and actually getting paid to do that is Amazing!  I am so very blessed to be in a situation to do something like this with my life.

The next big thing for R&G is my Grand Opening/Fall Garden and Art Festival.  I’m in the process of lining up speakers to give talks on various subjects as “growing plants, veges, and herbs from organic seeds,” and “Florida native plants.”  I’m also working on getting the Bat Lady to talk about why bats are wonderful and how to attract them.

So if you’re in the Lake Helen area please stop by to say hi.  Gibbs and I would love to see you there.

Well, that’s all for now.  Cheers to an awesome rest of the day!

Jeanni and Gibbs