4 hours ago
Squash season is here, and that means it's time to think carefully about plant health and common pests, such as the squash vine borer. Locally, squash vine borers became active about a week ago. I spotted one a few days ago and promptly sent it to its maker 😊 Physical removal, by hand, is my only control intervention. Sometimes, it works; sometimes, it doesn't. I find that plant health is really the determining factor.
As far as squash plant health goes, there are two important things. 1) Squashes and other cucurbits love calcium. I feed ours periodic doses of diluted milk. They love it! 2) Foliar applications of fermented herbal teas go a long way to boost beneficial microorganisms, restore depleted micronutrients, and repel pests. I applied a fermented brew of homegrown garlic scapes, yarrow, nettles, and chamomile yesterday... trust me, it is funky stuff haha 👃 but the plants look very, very happy today. I'll repeat this fermenting/foliar application process every 2-3 weeks throughout the growing season and will post results along the way.
This is one of our many compost squash volunteers.. always the first to produce 👍 and always a bit of a mystery, too.