My squash is getting huge!
To combat the squash bugs, which have already made an appearance,
we discovered weaving them around the cattle panels tended to
reduce the number of squash bugs plus the eggs laid beneath the leaves.
In fact, it makes it even easier to see underneath them
when they are growing upright.
I was standing up as I took this photo.
I still keep my trusty duct tape to remove the eggs
although it sometimes damages the leaves but
much less than allowing the eggs to become nymphs.
These leaves are enormous!
I have several squash varieties growing as well
as some marigolds, volunteer eggplant and
the remaining cabbage and collards. The lettuce
has pretty much bolted except for some romaine
that was buried beneath the squash leaves.
The larger garden has some ground level squash
as well as some which will be trained to the panels.
I'm very interested to see where I find more bugs.
When I disturbed the soil in the large garden,
where the squash bugs flourished, I found some
mating and promptly put an end to that!
No romance for squash bugs here!