Tomato Hornworms Glowing in the Dark

hornworm under blacklight

I learned from another Master Gardener Volunteer that tomato and tobacco hornworms actually glow in the dark under blacklight.  Armed with this knowledge and a cheap blacklight from Amazon, I took a little trip out to the veggie garden this evening for a most gruesome task… dispatching the hornworms munching on […]

Why do I Try to Grow Tomatoes in Virginia


It’s a steamy August here in the mid Atlantic, and the garden is still plugging along. Some great production and some not so great — the cucumbers are slowing down, the onions were tiny, the garlic harvest was great, and the peppers have flourished.

The tomatoes… well, they’re hanging in there! I try to […]

Last Vegetable Harvest of 2011

Frost is on its way, so I picked the remaining peppers (banana, sweet, jalapeno, and cayenne) and green tomatoes, along with one lone red tomato.  Still have some pole beans to shell, but I fell a week ago, and my back is still hurting, so I’m not up for it yet. Hopefully I’ll get to […]

Today’s Harvest – Tomatoes, Cukes, Peppers

This morning I picked lots of tomatoes, pickling cukes, green peppers, and banana peppers. Found the first cayenne and jalapenos. Pinched out the basil and lemon verbena. Even have a few tiny everbearing strawberries the birds didn’t get!!

I was out of town during the recent heatwave, and it was 103 in Northern Virginia, where […]

Today’s Harvest – Cucumbers, Peppers, and Tomatoes

Yay! We’re finally getting yummy veggies out of our garden.

cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**