Holy pests. They've just about wiped out my squash bed. Last week I was harvesting a zucchini or two a day, but about half of my plants have died since then. I spent the evening ripping out the dead plants, and was sad to see some of my ripening winter squash get ripped out with them. Take a look at the pictures below. I think squash bugs are the culprit, but I'm not sure.
|I had to rip up all the plants with rotted stems.|
|Gross, fat larvae have taken over the stems.|
|These pretty but obnoxious caterpillars (juvenile squash bugs?)|
are munching my leaves.
|An adult squash bug maybe? I've been picking these off the plants for weeks.|
|It's a bummer this spaghetti squash had to go.|
|This one, which was growing up the side of the shed, had to go, too.|
|The butternut squash plant survived though!|
If anyone has any organic pest control methods for these specific bugs I'd love to hear them. My once very prolific squash bed has been reduced to a few vines. Logan is still being an excellent helper though!
|He's learned to aim the hose at the plants instead of me..|
|.. but spraying the fence is fun too apparently.|
The rest of the garden is coming along beautifully. Check it out!
|I've been harvesting beets and carrots from this bed, and check out that beautiful basil!|
|Tomatoes gone wild. I should have staked these, because they're really taking over.|
My poor beans have completely disappeared underneath them.
|This is supposed to be a pepper plant, but I think it's an impostor. Any guesses as to what it is?|