Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cabbage worms, and squash vine borers.
No, that’s not how the old nursery rhyme goes, but it’s how some of our gardens are.
It’s no wonder that while we are excited to reap the benefits of growing food at home, and we are proudly watching some of our seeds grow from sprouts to actual plants we recognize from the market or grocery, OTHERS are just as excited.
This week’s pest is the ever lovely SQUASH VINE BORER.
As its name would suggest, this little twerp will lay eggs in the soil, and bore into the vines of some of your squashes, zucchinis and other vining vegetables.
But, don’t fret- we’ve got some great tips from a reliable source; The Old Farmer’s Almanac!
Check out the link below to find valuable information on how to prevent squash vine borer, how to detect when the eggs or larvae have emerged and how to save your plant if discovered soon enough.
In addition to proper soil conditioning, the addition of organic Diatomaceous Earth is another way to help prevent the larvae from getting to your plants.
The Almanac article is linked below- including signs to watch for, how to identify different stages of the life of the SVB and most importantly, how to avoid or treat it: