Northern Gardening forum: Squash Vine Borer

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sassafrass
Aug 11, 2011 12:32 PM CST
http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/horticulture/M1209...

I found this link to be very helpful in our battles with this.
Upon doing some work in the gardens I noticed some leaves looking pretty droopy, so I got to looking closer at the base of the plant & noticed it yellowing & some nasty stuff that almost looked oozy-ish (if that is a word?) Anyhow.. I immediately came into the house & looked it up. This MN site came up in my search & explained it perfectly.
With not much to lose either way, we chose to cut the vines & dig the worms out. The cuts were then covered with wet dirt & kept moist for a couple days. I believe only 2-3 vines totally were lost doing this out of maybe 40 vines.
Some of these plants have now been cut not once but twice & are still holding their own. When we noticed the second round of infestation... I have to admit I didnt put much hope into it... just started cutting & prayed while doing so. Looks good for now.

Have you battled these little buggers before? If so what treatment have you used?
Name: Christine
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Christine27360
Aug 15, 2011 8:09 PM CST
Nasty little creatures!! Man oh Man -- I have never seen those before -- ICKY!!!!
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6
Name: Sandi
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skellogg
Aug 17, 2011 8:11 AM CST
Ewww! Yuck! So glad I don't have those. I hate bugs!
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sassafrass
Aug 23, 2011 9:24 AM CST
Well after battling a REALLY tough fight, I think we have won!!
Here are a few pictures of some of the ones that were infected. Most of them are looking healthy now!!

Jumbo Pink Banana & Queensland Blue
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Jarrahdale Pumpkin & Spaghetti Squash
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A variety similar to Butternut Squash
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edited to add the names of the squash
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Name: Sandi
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skellogg
Aug 23, 2011 10:23 AM CST
WooHoo! Hurray! Hurray! They look great! I think I need more room to plant more goodies Hilarious! Wonder if the neighbor who is never here would want to sell me 1/2 of his lot Whistling Blinking
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sassafrass
Aug 23, 2011 10:35 AM CST
thanks Sandi. we brought up spaghetti squash out of the basement 2 nights ago that was from last years harvest. I had my doubts on it being any good, but I have to say I am still in awww how yummy it tasted. It was still good and solid... and there are 11 more down there just like it.
ya know iffin you can convince your neighbor.. I know a gal that has plenty of seeds to share Whistling Big Grin
Name: Sandi
Wyoming (Zone 3b)
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skellogg
Aug 23, 2011 10:48 AM CST
They really aren't ever here. They live in MT mostly, and he only comes back about 2 or 3 times a year, and then only for a day or 2. His wife doesn't like it here. They have the lawn mowed and such by a kid here in town that they pay, and I've wanted to build a greenhouse off the south side of his garage for years Hilarious! But I'm thinking that I could always use part of his yard and such to grow things anyway. His sis owns the nursery here in town and she would help me talk him into it Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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sassafrass
Aug 23, 2011 11:18 AM CST
there you go sounds like you have a good gameplan.. lol
Name: Christine
Southeastern MN (Zone 4a)
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Christine27360
Aug 23, 2011 10:13 PM CST
Maybe offer to furnish him a few squash when he is here!! Shrug!

Cant hurt to try!!! Thumbs up
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
2 Corinthians 9:6

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