When is a caterpillar too big to squash?

Everyone will have a different answer to this, I asked some friends and this is what they said:

“Never, I always kill them I squash them with my shoe”

Another friend said:

“I pick them off and give them to the chickens”

I have had a few days of not paying a lot of attention to the garden, I went down today and saw some tell tale signs of caterpillar destruction on my tomato’s.

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The first signs were the bright green poo and boy they were big, holes in the leaves and then i saw this guy poking his head out.

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This caterpillar is too big for me to squash!  I don’t want to put him under my shoe and step on him and I don’t have chickens so I left him out for the birds and he was gone in a few hours.

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Now all I need is some decent summer weather here in South Australia and WE can eat the tomato’s

If you are interested in other ways to combat the tomato caterpillar or budworm (Helicoverpa spp) may I suggest the Organic Gardener site.


Hello friends,

I’m Jill and gardening hands is my blog about my successes and failures in the garden.

I am a passionate gardener and decided I wanted to provide more of the food my family eats. I’m based in the western suburbs of Adelaide, Australia. My backyard started off as a barren landscape with only weeds and I have transformed it into an urban edible space where I have planted fruit frees, established large vegetable patches, built a greenhouse produce compost and have a worm farm.

This blog is for people who are thinking about growing their own food, or are already on their journey to create an edible garden. By sharing my experiences I hope to be able to inspire you to grow more of your own food.

For me there is nothing better than going down to the garden with my harvest basket and collecting produce for a meal that I have grown myself!

I hope you enjoy my blog and I look forward to sharing all the dirt with you.