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Janice T

I had a severe problem this year with vine borers in my zucchini . I had a great harvest up till then. I sliced into the vines and found white grubs and reddish brown centipede type thousand leg insects. After disposing them I used a meat hypodermic needle and squirted liquid seven into the vine and covered the vine with moist dirt. Now I squirt the vine with liquid seven often, I had cut all the leaves off except for the end where now it seems it might be coming back to life, and I might get a second harvest. (in case you are wondering, the vine is hollow, the squash bug lays eggs at the base of the vine which turn into larvae and bore into the hollow vine and eat the plant from inside the vine if you use a thin bladed knife and slice lengthwise at the base of the vine where the borer has entered and then slightly twist the knife in the slice it will open enough to find the larvae. cover the slice area with moist dirt afterwards and the plant will usually survive and maybe rejuvenate.) I am an organic gardener and hate to use liquid seven and am careful not to get it on the edible fruit. Does anyone else have an organic solution?

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Janice T

I will plant dill next year for sure. I missed reading that before I posted. Thanks dreamdoctor, will this also work on cucumber beetles if I plant it in with my cucumbers and cantaloupe? Any help with the mosquitos that devour my legs and arms every time I walk into the garden?

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dreamdoctor

ruby - Used to be frustrated every year with withering vines once
fruit set - now they tremble and flee at the sound of the squash lady
and man. My wife leaves extra around the grad student areas - all gone. I
get cucumbers too - not sure of relationship just started planting
again last year at daughter's request. The dill needs to be growing so
keep seeds from the year before and plant regularly (or buy from the
hippie grocery from the bulk spice jars). You know this but for others -
sevin does not discriminate amongst insects please keep away from
blooms. Raccoons and the like are more adamant about cantaloupe, and
heaven forbid I would see a ripe honey dew again in my life. They always
get it before I do no matter what the precautions it seems. Last year
they got my five almost ripe peaches before I did - it was a hard winter
(-30) - arg! This year only some apples which they don't like as much.

Tea
tree oil - doesn't take much. Keeps the insects away and if you put a
couple drops in water with larvae they will do a lively dance for you
for a few minutes then head for the next life - not sure of its effects
on fish - we don't have them in my sump pump water storage pond (400
gals+/-).

   

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