the fate of the squash

The squash are our hope for the future: we have hundreds and hundreds of them planted. Delicata, acorn, kuri, butternut, various varieties of pumpkins, not to mention our zucchini, yellow crooknecks, canteloupes and melons. We went big on the winter squash, thinking it a particularly useful crop: since they store so well, they’ll make it to farmer’s markets week after week without a problem.

But suddenly, in a few distinct places, healthy, beautiful squash plants are in various stages of decay. First yellow leaves, then sustained wilt (utterly unresponsive to water), then a horrific sight: a completely flattened, point-of-no-return plant.

We have a ton of cucumber beetles here, and apparently they can carry a bacterium in their innards that can cause bacterial wilt. But apparently it could be any one of a number of problems

I’m scared! Potential losses of 50-100%? Tomorrow I guess I’ll start slitting vines to see if I can find vine borers…

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2 responses to “the fate of the squash

  1. 7citychickens

    bummer on the cucumber beetles -hate is not too strong a word for my feeling on them. I tried Cedar oil – it helped a little. NEEM oil is supposed to work but have not tried it yet. Make sure to dispose of the plants and not compost them -bacterial wilt survives.

  2. farming101

    thanks for the advice! I’ll have to try the cedar oil…
    -L

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