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I finished planting my vegetable garden this weekend and I have high hopes this year.   So far, so good. I'm very vigilant in the vegetable garden. I might put off treating a perennial, but you don't get a second chance with vegetables. Luckily, if you can catch the problems early, you can fix them. Squash vine borers are a good example. I used to panic when I'd go out to the garden and see my squash and cuc vines wilting in the morning dew when they should be crisp and alert. Now I just poke around the stem, evict the little critter and wait for the vines to rally. It's nice to know there are a few problems I have control over.

Here are my recommendations for controlling squash vine borer. If you have any to add, they'd be most welcome.

Photo Courtesy of Alton N. Sparks, Jr., University of Georgia, Bugwood.org. Used with Permission.


May 26, 2009 at 3:46 pm
(1) Susan says:

3 tsp of sulfer in water. Spray directly on worms. Otherwise get a chicken.

May 26, 2009 at 7:35 pm
(2) GardenMad1 says:

I am mightily impressed by your calm method of dealing with the problem. I tend to cry and rage when beasts damage my precious veggies – I thought that was why they give you so many seeds in a packet!

May 27, 2009 at 12:05 pm
(3) Marie Iannotti says:

You have to pick your battles. My main foes are groundhogs and voles. But I keep reminding myself that gardening is supposed to be relaxing.

May 28, 2009 at 2:28 am
(4) Erin from Long Island says:

I was told by our local agriculture experts to wait until after june 15th to plant squash. That way it will be after the little demons are laying their eggs (or is it larvae?) in the vines

May 28, 2009 at 1:41 pm
(5) Marie Iannotti says:

In my area, they say we’re safe after Memorial Day. It helps, but it’s still no guarantee. For those of us who are too impatient to wait, it’s nice to know it’s not fatal.

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