There’s a caterpillar in my garden
and I don’t know what to do.
Should I find a toxic pesticide
or hit it with my shoe?
When I saw it on the baby leaf,
I tried hard to grab & ‘quash it.
But the pesky little bugger (note: I don’t normally swear online, only in my garden)
dropped down in to a narrow slit.
Now I can’t find any sign
but know it’s in there hiding.
Should I stick around, for a while,
or pretend I’m not really minding.
I know the Cabbage Moth Caterpillar
is on my Tuscan Kale
‘Cause there’s holes and nibbled leaves
and the stalk is deathly pale.
If I accidentally ate the slimy squashy thing,
I guess I’d really never know.
‘Cause I chew each mouthful many times
as my Mamma taught me so.
I stop and ponder a minute more
but realise nothing matters.
Except to get that pesky ‘pillar off
before it gets much fatter.
Maybe I’ll just leave it for a while
and photograph another pest that’s easier to see.
The Harlequin bug on my plastic pot
is running wild and free.
I’d use a Herbal pesticide (we pronounce the ‘H’ in Australia, so it’s ‘a’ not ‘an’)
but can’t remember how to make it.
Maybe it’s on my DVD or in my Gardening Book?
Detergent? Garlic? Chilli? Shake it?
There’s a caterpillar in my garden,
but maybe now its gone.
Should I go out and have another look,
or forget it ever was?
I really can’t bear the thought,
of my one and only plant
of Tuscan Kale (Brassica oleracea sp.)
dis..a..pearing off the planet.
The label says it’s SuperFood
which I need as much as he.
Assuming that the ‘pillar
is a boy (and not a she).
Decision made, I go back outdoors
into the hot and blazing sun.
Can’t find a thing on any leaf
so the ‘pillar’s on the run.
I come back indoors and shut the roller blind,
pretending I really don’t give a damn.
Fresh herbs for lunch, but definitely not the Kale,
Lunch is only Tomato…..Parsley….. Eggs & Ham.
PS. Ok, so there was no ham in my omelette, but nothing else rhymed 🙂 🙂 🙂
It’s now 2 weeks later
and I really needs some hints.
The ‘pillar holes are everywhere
especially Basil, Sage and Mint.
The Bok Choi has a different bug
that leaves creepy crawly lines.
I’ve forgotten what that pest is called
just know that pest is mine.
Today’s luncheon omelette was made with
eggs, onion, herbs and Kale.
But be assured the Kale was bought
at last week’s Queen Vic. Market sale.
My easy grow Snow Pea seedlings
are finally climbing up.
With fine green threads around the frames
that I’ve made from Bamboo ‘stucks’.
(I never said I could spell).
My Italian and English Parsley
are among the very hardy Herbs,
that are free from creepy crawly critters
and don’t require rhyming words.
I better upload this WordPress post
before it gets too long
And followers go to sleep,
or break out in raucous song.
Perhaps I’ll ask Mr Google
what to use on all those pests.
And finally stop this tedious post
and put the matter to rest.
PS I almost forget to mention
my second crop of fruit.
Green Capsicum babes are growing
from the end of green-leafed shoots.
PPS The Broccoli Patio Baby Bunching
is growing soft leafy greens.
It produces small sweet tasting delicate heads,
of veg. I’ve actually never seen.
PPPS. I forgot to mention the flowering
of the Rosemarinus officinalis plant.
At least that is free from pests –
‘Pillars, bugs, slugs, worms and ants.
THE END (phew!)
Hope that keeps you amused until the next WordPress Post.