July 16th, 2008

Good Grief!

bio_lesliedI was out checking an area planted with test squash and found a community of hatching squash bugs.  I am sure the population exceed that of Las Vegas.  These cute little guys were scrambling all over the place when they realized they were discovered.  Oh my !  I haven’t seen this much activity since someone yelled “BOMB” in a crowed room.  Well, they got bombed all right.  I dropped Die Bug on them, in the powder form.  I wish I had taken a picture of this colony for you.  You would have been amazed.  But I was so startled that I forgot the picture.  Bummers!

The parents of these squash bugs were the reason those test squash were failing.  The babies I discovered were the next generation.  I should have been more diligent in the spring, but I wasn’t.  I need to get my priorities in order, I could have stopped their destruction.

So . . . I pulled-up those shabby squash plants and replaced them with some blooming canna lilies.  Now the squash are gone.  But we were able to harvest a few and enjoyed eating them.

1Re the melon pictures:  There also is a little leaf damage on the ‘climbing’ test melons planted in the spring about the same time as the squash . . . just in time for the bug season (and it’s hard to see this damage in the picture).  However . . . the earth travelling melons, that I planted several weeks later, are lush and bug free.  Here’s a picture of both melon beds . . .  all the plants are actually doing pretty good.

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Oh Boy !  I love it when ‘I think’ I may have discovered a simple insect cure; like adjusting a planting date.  We have a long growing season in Las Vegas, so I can plant more now and also try planting a little later-on again next year.

Comments

    Brilliant article, thanks for the read. I was just wondering if anyone can help me with a question I have on gardening while im here. I have been looking at the Garden Groom (in the link in my name) and I was just wondering if anyone has had an experience with it? Im a little concerned about using electric trimmers as im not as young as I used to be! Thanks – Lou

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