This year we’re concentrating on the health of the squash plants. Last year, we lost all the squash plants to squash bugs and squash borers.
The borers are the larvae of a wasp-like insect. For more information, click here.
We have waged an all out war, and so far we have baby squash, but it’s an everyday job. I keep a bucket of soapy water in the garden and pick the bugs and let them go for a swim. Then we put yellow bowls with water in them, around the squash plants, because the borers go for the color apparently and drown themselves. So far we’re staying ahead of all the unwanted visitors. And I must say this is the first year I’ve had a hard time finding yellow bowls. Either they are in big demand, or the color is not “in” this year.
Update – June 2017
Borers and squash bugs have been plaguing our crop for a couple years. So, this year we got really serious. We planted late to help avoid some of the early bugs. And we started using Bt (Thuricide). It is consistent with organic gardening. When the stems get large enough, we inject Bt into the stem, to kill (borer) larval stage. For added assurance, I spray around the stems at least twice a week.