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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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Condolences. Perhaps consider growing something that matures faster and planting earlier? The extension website suggests this is what farmers in the Carolinas did before modern pesticides. They also suggest planting a trap crop, but that is to protect melons and using squashes as the sacrificial plant.

http://www.extension.org/pages/60954/biology-and-management-of-pickleworm-and-melonworm-in-organic-curcurbit-production-systems

I've tried to unscreened this comment but LJ's new mobile version is...not useful.

No worries. Hope the extension website might be useful to you and good luck.

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