Friday I walked out into my backyard to be confronted with this:
A very sad looking wilted zucchini that had happened in a matter of hours. I figured I had under-watered so I proceeded to give it a good watering. The next day it looked the same, so I took a closer look. This is what I saw:
Nasty. Nasty. Nasty. Squash vine borers ate holes into the main stem of my plant, proceeded to eat the plant from the inside out and filled it with their excrement. Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. I couldn’t save my poor zucchini plant that had just bloomed with about 9 more blooms and buds. The borers had done their damage and it was irreversible. Apparently these pests are very common in Austin as my friend Jenn has lost three of her four zucchini plants to these yucky bugs this year too. There aren’t many organic pest control methods that I’ve read about, but I’d love to know if any of you readers have a preventative measure to protect your zucchini from these things. And I’m wondering if it’s already too late in the growing season to plant another zucchini plant in its place. Fellow gardener friends, tell me your experiences!