Tuesday, May 27, 2008

SVB Update

The Squash Vine Borers, as expected, have done their damage.

The squash have been going downhill for about a week now, wilting easily during the day and not putting on as many blossoms. Saturday morning I pulled up the Peter Pan squash and tossed it in the compost pile after slitting it open and decapitating the inch-long larva inside (sorry, no photos).

Of the remaining three plants, one is still pretty strong, and the other two are looking decent, but small. Their stems all look something like this.

I've sliced into them lengthwise with a razor blade to see if I could catch the culprit, but there's no telling. I did find these in a spot by the fence where we grew tromboncino last year.

Those are the discarded cocoons (I probably saw a dozen of them) of the next brood, so I'm guessing they're not going to be done anytime soon.

Meanwhile, I've started seedlings for zucchini, butternut, and tromboncino. They grow extraordinarily fast, so I'm going to try to just keep a succession of squash going all summer. Screw those guys!

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Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Hello Kelly,

A google search on tomato varieties landed me here - only to find Anthony and Katie are already hanging out with you! It's been fun looking over your vegetable garden.

We haven't tried to grow squash here in Austin - figured the squirrels would get them first - but we did grow them in Illinois where squash bugs also are a pain.
If you have some space around the plants you can try the old trick of piling compost on the nodes as the plant grows out, and watering those nodes to make the squash vine keep rooting ahead of the borers. Once you have good new roots you cut off and dig out the back end of the plant and discard or burn it along with some of the borers if you're lucky. I don't know if this technique will even work in Austin but it helped us get squash in Illinois.

We're getting lots of Juliets but no big tomatoes yet.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

June 9, 2008 12:20 PM  

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