Decimated by Pestilence, Yup I feel like giving up!!

sandra_christieJuly 5, 2007

Tonight I had to yank out all of my crookneck squash plants, it was a sorry mess. I realized something (bad) was up when I went to get some squash and two of the moths were frollicking among the plants. On closer inspection (now I realize that means being MUCH more diligent than I had been) I saw several frass and holes, and each plant had at least 4 grubs in the stems, and numerous eggs all over. I've had some beautiful squash for the past month, so I guess I've had a good run (maybe 50 squash total), but it was a sad task. Just sharing.

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gardener_sandy

So start another crop! You have time before frost to get in another batch. Plus, the extra warm ground this time of year makes germination just 2-3 days instead of the week it takes in spring. (I found that out when I put out some squash seeds in pots a couple of weeks ago. In 5 days they were a couple of inches tall. I sincerely think they'll be blooming in 30 days from seed!)

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 9:16AM
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sandra_christie

Wow another chance! I think I'll go for it, and I might even miss the squash borer this time if they have gone through their cycles. Fascinating business this gardening, isn't it. Will plant seeds tomorrow!!!
Happy Again in Annapolis.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 10:18PM
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