IF YOU PLANT IT, THEY WILL COME
I sometimes forget how incredible nature and it’s many creatures are.
A few years ago a friend built a small fish pond that he filled with beautiful Coy. He grew quite fond of his fish. One day he went out to give them a feed and several were missing. Predator birds had found them.
I had not seen a blue bird for decades. I read once that their habitat was being destroyed but if you placed a bird house in the right place the blue birds will find it. My son has a bird house on his kids play house in the back yard. For the past few years the bird house has attracted a family of blue birds.
This morning I went out back to check on my tomatoes. One beautiful piece of fruit had been damaged…eaten by something, and then I saw it. A well camouflaged caterpillar type worm was feasting on my beautiful green tomatoes!
This is the first year I have planted tomatoes in the yard. There have never been tomatoes or any other crop planted in this small yard. How did this worm find my tomatoes?
It’s not like it hatched from the ground after previous generations feasted on tomatoes. Where did it come from? How did it find my tomatoes? How far away did it come? It takes a worm several hours to move a few yards, did this thing come from my neighbor’s tomato patch two blocks away?
If you leave sugar water outside, humming birds will find it, even if you have not seen humming birds around before. Plant a rose, bees will feast on the nectar, if you don’t keep your kitchen sparkling clean, ants will be your guests.
If I make a wrong turn on rt. 71 I cannot find home without Siri, and yet a lowly slow moving worm can find my tomatoes as soon as they start to ripen.
Now if only the birds would find those destructive worms before they take out all my tomatoes!