Squash Vine Borer Control
Squash is one of my preferred veggies, and I grow it in my garden every summer season. Each year I am positive that this year will be better than the last– which in some way my squash plants will be immune to the squash borer.
It constantly starts the very same … my squash plants grow perfectly with lots of flowers at the beginning of summer. By mid-summer they begin to grow tiny squash from the flowers, and it’s an amazing time.
However then the inescapable takes place … the squash plants start to wither and die due to the fact that it turns out they are not immune to the squash borer after all.
To my dismay, the majority of the squash plants wind up dropping all of their small squash before they die. It’s the most aggravating thing to watch.
The squash borer is the larvae of the squash borer bug. The squash borer bug lays its eggs on squash plants in early summer.
As soon as the eggs hatch, the squash borer larvae will bore into the squash vine and banquet. Eventually the squash borers will hollow out the squash vine, killing the plant.
HOW TO SAFEGUARD YOUR SQUASH PLANTS.
Row covers can be used to keep the squash borer bug from laying it’s eggs on squash plants. You can buy row covers that are made specifically for keeping bugs off your plants, or you can make your own.
I made my own row covers with tulle material I had left over from my wedding. Tulle material is economical to buy, it’s just about $1.40/ lawn at my regional fabric shop (and you can purchase it even less expensive online).
There are great deals of materials you might repurpose to make row covers too. Pieces of old screen product, thin drape sheers, lightweight garden material, greenhouse shade cloth, or other lightweight product work fantastic for row covers.
It does not matter what type of material the row cover is constructed of as long as it can keep the squash bugs out and let rain, air and sunlight through.
I didn’t do anything elegant to make my row covers.
Initially, I merely laid some metal tomato cages on their sides.
Then I laid the tulle over the top.
Next I protected the material around the edges with rocks.
Finally, I utilized clothing pins to attach the fabric to the tomato cages.
My homemade row covers work fantastic, and have made it through strong winds and rain simply great.
When the squash plants begin to flower, the row covers requirement to be eliminated to allow bees to pollinate the flowers. It can be tough to manage the squash borer by using row covers alone– but if you time it right, you might have the ability to prevent the squash borer in your garden.
Have you successfully utilized row covers to prevent the dreadful squash borer? Leave a comment below and inform me about it.