Part of gardening is learning through mistakes. For the third year, I have been taught a simple lesson when it comes to squash and zucchini: Don’t bother because the bugs are going to beat you.
This year, I tried planting the squash well past the time it would be recommended to do so hoping to beat the birth cycle of my borer bug. I also had the open space after pulling my garlic. For one of the squash plants this worked wonders since the high heat killed it instead. As pictured above the other began to set fruit and looked healthy and then three days ago the baby bugs hatched and ate their way out of the stem effectively killing the plant and allowing me to watch the fruit wither and die.
I know I could use pesticide to solve this problem, but then I would damage the soil and I really don’t like using pesticide anyway. Part of the reason I have a garden is because by growing things myself I can better control what chemicals go into my body. Perhaps this is a foolhardy attempt since there are so many chemicals in everything we eat and breathe that a couple more will not make a difference. Actually, the more I think about it the more I am sounding like Col. Jack Ripper and his fear of polluting his precious bodily fluids.