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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Tending Squash and Zucchini: Pests

Here is one plot of yellow squash, zucchini and heirloom squash Delicata growing up the fence. These  vegetables tend to great in the beginning. They look healthy. However, soon the beetles come and they come every year. You don't have to dust the entire plant. The beetles tend to go right to the stem. Dust the stem and around the stem. Be carefully not to dust the flowers. You want the bees to pollinate.

Also take the time to cut any leaves touching the ground. This helps with air circulation. Give birds easier access to the ground. And it stops beetles from accessing your plant without going to the dusted stem. To be safe I drop a little dust on the cut.

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Squash and Zucchini
Gary Pilarchik 2010

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