Today, we're featuring a hornworm. This very hungry caterpillar has been having a field day in our little garden, eating holes in leaves and destroying our tomatoes. We recently learned that interplanting with dill, marigolds, or basil is said to help keep these pests away. We will remember that for next year. As destructive as they are, we have to admit, it is fascinating to run into these creatures in your yard.
If you live in Greensboro, even if you don't have a yard around your home, our city has plenty of public parks and trails to get out and observe nature. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, consider taking a day trip to Durham. Saturday, September 10th, 2016, the Hornworm Festival will be held at the Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Road. Among other things, they are having a hornworm race. Maybe we'll take our guy, if he doesn't turn into a moth before then! Here is a link to the festival. Can anyone out there say they have attended a Harvest and Hornworm Festival? Now is your chance to check that one off your list!