Post #G27: A treatise on the squash vine borer, final version

 

Source:  U Wisconsin Vegetable Entomology.

Yet another gardening post.  If you have no interest in growing cucurbits, stop now.

This is a rewrite of an earlier post (G09), mostly to summarize the results of this season.  And to shorten it up and tighten up the writing.  It’s a summary of everything I think I have learned about the squash vine borer (SVB).  All in one place.  Off the top of my head, based on what I’ve read over the past week, and what I’ve observed in my garden.  So I can remember it next year.  Citations as to source only if and as I feel like locating them.

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Post #G10: Squash Vine Borer: Thinking through neem and considering horticultural oil?

This is a two-part followup to my prior posting on the squash vine borer (SVB).  Here, I’m finalizing my strategy for dealing with this pest.

I’ll try to avoid my usual TLDR style and get to the point.  A later section adds more detail.

I’m not going to try to get systemic protection using a neem “soil drench”.  I am going to use neem oil as a horticultural oil spray, hoping to smother the eggs.

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