I had a problem with squash vine borers and winter squash, including pumpkins. I have been trying for 6 years. This year I bought metal hoops and covered two plants with lightweight row covers. It's like a real lightweight fabric that allows water and light in. I removed it today because the vines were outgrowinng the length of row cover, and they have flowers that need pollinating. I haven't seen any moths, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I planted a Rumba squash that looks like a big cinderella pumpkin and I really would love just one!
Does anyone know how long (zone 5) you need to keep squash covered to prevent squash vine borers? I never have any luck and this year I decided to try covers. I really haven't seen any of the moths that lay the eggs yet and am wondering if maybe they haven't come out yet. Or maybe all that spring rain drowned them?
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Alleename, I know this is a bit late since your original post was in beginning of June but it could be Cabbage Worms. Do you notice any pretty white moths floating around your garden? Those are the moths that lay eggs. The eggs then turn into cabbage worms that will decimate any cole crop.
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I found a great recipe for thwarting aphids - one part rubbing alcohol, three parts water, and a tablespoon of dish soap in a spray bottle. Unfortunately, I found this recipe too late for my turnips, but it has worked to eradicate those horrible pests. Sprayed onto my tomatoes in the evening for several days - kept them aphid free till the first rain.
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On top of the soil around the base of the seedling. Now I'm freshening up around the cole plants and my damage has stopped. I went out to cut daisies yesterday and the whole plant was covered with slugs. I may have a whole yard with an eggshell mulch. Now if I can just get rid of the Japanese Beetles
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I FIND THAT A MIXTURE OF WATER, DISH SOAP (TO MAKE EVERYTHING CLING TO THE PLANTS) AND HOT PEPPERS MASHED UP. LET IT SIT FOR A WHILE TO GET IT THE MOST OUT OF IT, THEN SPRAY YOUR PLANTS WITH IT. BUGS DO NOT LIKE HOT PEPPERS AND THEY DON'T LIKE IT SPRAYED ON YOUR PLANTS. ANIMALS AREN'T TOO KEEN ON IT EITHER. SEE WHAT IT DOES FOR YOU.
Allee just so you know where in the article to look, I suspect that you have flea beetles. They do a number on mine also.
This year I had plantings a few feet away from each other. One was box was attacked and the other wasn't . In the box that wasn't attacked, I had sprinkled egg shells around. I usually do this for my tomatoes and peppers to prevent cutworms (and the calcium helps prevent blossom end rot). I decided to see if it would work for slugs attacking my bok choy and it did. I think the egg shells also helped the flea beetle problem because when I decided to sprinkled more around the other box, the damage stopped.
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