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Goodbye Squash Crop

The cure for Pickleworm is apparently a whole lot of poison. You can use organic poison, but that’s still what you’re doing. Otherwise, cry a lot, use row covers, and cry some more.

I am hoping to grow Gem Squash next year, and have planned to grow nothing BUT so that I get seeds for saving, and I'm REALLY hoping they fruit before the pickleworms arrive.

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We don't get pickleworms in southern Illinois, but squash bugs destroyed our squash plants and later, once the squash plants ran out, mauled the cucumber vines. I also lost my mind over the tomato worms and Sevin dusted all of the tomato plants after I'd picked off worm after worm and lost my temper.

Rough summer for pests.

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