Out-running the squash bugs

August 1, 2012

Category: veggies |

squash flowersSquash is a heartbreaking vegetable to grow, especially if you farm without the traditional insecticides most people use in the garden. This year, we tried an experiment — and it worked!

We planted a trap crop all around the outside of the rows. The trap crop, Hubbard squash, attracted the squash bugs first. They dined on it until the plants began to die.

Meanwhile, we covered the rest of the plants with row cover as an insect barrier. And by doing that, and of course, watering with drip hoses, we finally achieved bountiful squash this year! -Jen

squash success












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