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Begginer gardener "Zucchini and ticks."

Posted by adkolson Nevada (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 1, 13 at 10:30

So.... I started growing some herbs: rosemary, thyme, sage, and basil. I plan on using some for cooking and some for their foliage. I also purchased and replanted some zucchini, I've already lost a few to trasplanting shock but I still have six, which thanks to some research I believe will be plenty. I live in a double wide mobile home and we prepared some soil on the southwest side of our house(least foot traffic) into some raised beds. We are in the process of building a sunscreen canopy because thanks to being placed between aluminum siding and a brick wall the heat gets pretty brutal back there and the sun beats down on that part of the yard at the hottest time of the day. I am attempting to grow as organically as possible, but a friend threw a wrench in my plans yesterday. My friend grew zucchini here in las Vegas for a few years and he told me that the ticks took over... I asked if he was sure they were ticks and he described them as big grey bugs that just attacked the zucchini. Has anybody else had this experience, is there something else that they could be, I have three little girls and there is no way I can throw some ticks into the mix... Please help!!!!!!

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RE: Begginer gardener "Zucchini and ticks."

I don't think they're ticks, they're probably squashbugs (see link). They look horrible but they're harmless to humans. I had limited success with Neem spray but towards peak of summer I actually took a shopvac to the leaves to remove them. I never really got a lot from the zucchini plants, though. I found that they burned too easily in the sun and were generally stressed out. I got much better yields from yellow crookneck squash. I live in Reno, so my growing season is significantly shorter than your, though.

Here is a link that might be useful: squash bugs

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