The other day my son(6 years) and I had a serious moment in the garden. We had to say good bye to the “Sweet 100” cherry tomato plant that was his ultimate favorite thing about the front yard garden! Every morning he would say, “Mom, going out to check for tomatoes, be back in a minute!” My favorite time is when he came out wearing one of the super hero costumes someone had given us. This time it was Iron Man.
Imagine my astonishment when Iron Man came to the front yard garden asking for tomatoes. I gave him all he wanted, after all, how do you say no to Iron Man!
Why did this particular tomato plant bite the dust? Because I was using it as my control group. I know, I know, stellar parenting picking Iron Man’s favorite plant as the control group, but hindsight is 20/20, don’t they say?
Let me explain: I have an insidious enemy attacking my tomato plants, one that loves the hot weather, preys on weakness and is invisible to the naked eye. This Insidious enemy is non other than ….drum roll please…. the Spider Mite! One minute your tomato plants are doing great than the next day you notice a yellowing to some leaves, some turning brown like the life was just sucked out of them. IT WAS, JUST SUCKED OUT OF THEM, by yours truly the spider mite, invisible foe that he is!
To find out if it is the diabolical arachnid enemy that your fighting; you can either peer at the undersides of the leaves with a magnifying glass or shake your diseased looking plant over a white piece of paper. If you see a tiny spidery being crawling around then you have yourself a problem, a BIG, BIG INVISIBLE problem! These little mites attack most when your plants are at their weakest, in the hotter than Hell period. Every gardener is just hoping to nurture their tomato plant through this period. If you accomplish this feet then you are golden, if not then you are toast, or in my case a HUGE, HUGE disappointment to the Iron Man in my life!
So how do we defeat this enemy and have a plentiful Fall harvest for all the Super Heroes that might happen by? With essential oils that’s how. I know, you are saying, “Essential oils? What is that even? How will it help my garden? Isn’t it just hippies that use those?” Lucky for you, you don’t have to delve deep into essential oils, because there is a company that does that for you. They even do field tests to see if their product works, and it does! The company is ARBORjET and the product they produce is called Eco-Mite. They have introduced the oils of Rosemary and Peppermint to the Spider mite with great success. Order here: Arborjet 6 by 3-Inch Eco-Mite Control Oil, 1-Quart
I don’t brag about anything before I have used it myself. The tomato plants that I used Eco-mite on are producing copious amounts of tomatoes. The plants I didn’t use it on, well let’s just say; There will be no sweet treat for Iron Man today folks. My son said it best, when he said sadly, ” I think it is time to just pull this plant out mom, because there is no more life left in it.” If I could do it again I would leave my Super Fantastic hybrid plants out in the cold. Forget about the Juliet cherry/roma tomato variety! What really mattered, at least to Iron Man, was the Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes that did so well last year! What was I thinking! Use this new organic technology and don’t disappoint the Iron Man in your life!
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