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5/14/11 7:03 A

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Ugh...sounds like what I have (one of my plants is very withered but mostly I've noticed the actual squash have little holes bored in them and they are either rotten or hollow and die when they are small. Is that the same thing? I'll have to inspect the plant more closely. Thanks for the info. Now I know why organic food costs so much. Those pesky bugs are really a lot to contend with without using pesticides.

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5/13/11 4:36 P

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The moths lay eggs and when they hatch, the larvae bore into the vine and suck all the juice out; eventually killing the entire plant because it just withers up. At the site where they are feasting, the vine is brown/yellow looks chewed, and just kind of nasty. If you're careful you can make an incision pull the vine apart a little and pull out this huge, ugly, white, slimy, maggoty looking thing and squish it with a big rock!
It's real yucky to do and it doesn't really help, but that's what one of the websites recommended. Better to throw the whole plant out and visit the local farmer's market! emoticon






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5/13/11 11:16 A

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This is a timely post as I just noticed small holes and "empty" baby squash. Would love more info on what these are, how they work (slitting the vine to get them out??). My formerly BEAUTIFUL plants are looking pretty sad!

Help!!

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5/12/11 12:18 P

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Hmmm. I just happen to have some lightweight row cover which I intended to use n very early Spring (it was too wet). How long would I keep them covered for? I don't mind tedious if it works!

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5/11/11 10:47 P
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You could get a nice large row cover. Keep them covered. This can be tedious.


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Shhhhh, that's like swearing in church, but I know just how you feel. I feel the same way about bind weed which has already taken over my garden and the daffs aren't done blooming yet

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Help! I have never been able to grow pumpkins or winter squash because of these nasty bugs. In the past I have tried slitting the vine and pulling them out Yew! which was not only disgusting, but didn't save the plant. Last year I resorted to Rototone/Pyrethrin which are supposed to be organic or natural. Didn't help. I really really want to grow a pumpkin! I have some interesting seeds like Rouge d'etampes (the Cinderella pumpkin) and a warty looking thing called Galeuse d'Eysines. I'm almost ready to go non organic (only kidding)! emoticon






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