Squash Squawk

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Once you start thinking about the squash and looking about the squash, you find that squash is a tremendous topic. There are all the beautiful things: shape, color, taste, weight, and pattern; tendrils, leaves, flowers, and pollinators. The challenges! Battling borers. Dodging disease. Restraining vagrant vines. Sowing, tending, harvesting: What? How? When? The gracious acts of grilling, souping, roasting, blending; sharing all of the abundance.

Okay, let’s get to it.

This is a squash bug alert.

Look for the eggs of the squash bug on the underside of your squash leaves. First, admire, even applaud; the brilliant neat pattern of metallic gems. Then, you may destroy what you find…manually. Please, don’t spray chemicals all over your garden.  One approach to removing the eggs and nymphs is to snip those leaves from the vine and stuff them into a bucket of water with a little dish soap in it. I tried this. After a couple of days, you will find that everything in the bucket is good and dead, rotting, and brutally stinky.  Exclaiming from experience, Don’t wait so long!

Squash bugs will, primarily, feed on the foliage of squash and pumpkin, though, they will go for the fruit late in the season.The adults and nymphs will suck the sap from the leaves and disrupt the plant’s flow of water and nutrients. I struggled with these guys in the past and have heard the troubled squash bug tales. There has not been a large infestation of squash bugs in this garden and I’d like to keep it that way. Admittedly, I may be, in part, reacting to another year’s failure-in-battle with the squash vine borer. Hmmm.

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