Although last year's vegetable garden--the first one at this location--was not as productive as I had hoped (there's always a learning curve at a new place, no matter how much experience you have), I remember feeling pleased that I had not had any pest problems of note.
I was aware, though, from listening to callers to John Dromgoole's gardening show on KLBJ-AM in Austin, that grasshoppers had been decimating other Central Texas vegetable gardens. I also remember feeling more than a little smug about my good fortune.
This morning as I was watering my garden, a chill ran through my body as I saw a grasshopper on one of my tomato plants. And not a little one. This was a creature big enough for Mothra to wrangle with.
And this grasshopper wasn't alone.
Everywhere I looked I saw grasshoppers in all stages of development. And now I am beginning to think that the tomato damage that I had attributed to the mockingbirds, may, in fact, be the work of these horrifying little beasties.
Okay, no more sumgness. Now I have to find a control for these critters before they get out of hand.