This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Squash vine borers

I have a continual battle during the summer to defend my squash, pumpkin and cuce stems from squash vine borers. AArrghh. I have been spraying weekly with Sevin for the past three weeks now. Still yesterday I found a hole in a yellow summer squash vine. I'll see if I can remove the larvea from the stem today. I guess I'll buy some malathion and see if this works better. Also, I just read that wrapping the stems with strips of nylon stockings prevents egg-laying (http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2153.html). I'll try this after a good spray. The picture is a millipede at the base of the yellow squash stem. Millipedes typically eat dead and decaying matter - probably being produced by the blasted borers ....

topic: yellow squash
Cucurbita pepo (summer squash)

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Blogger skyb32 said...

First of all, I love your blog...very interesting! Great pictures! I used to have a problem with the squash vine borers and everytime the wind would blow, it would break my plants off at the ground due to the borers in the main stems. I found that if I sprinkle Sevin when I plant the squash seed in the ground I never have any problems with them the rest of the season. Just something to try...It works down here in Arkansas! :)

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