Hardiness Zone: 5a
By rhonda21 from Sparta, MI
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By Linda 08/11/2009
In your situation I would try garlic powder. It is not poison to eat. So it won't poison the plant for eating. Most insects don't like garlic. If you use garlic salt, some of the salt may eat some of the leaves.
Some people plant garlic in between their garden plants just to control pests.
We have slugs this year. One lady I know puts beer in a lid of a jar, and the slugs go to it and drown.
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Hardiness Zone: 5a
bshale from Leon, Iowa
Sounds like you have Squash Vine Borers. In the larvae or caterpillar stage, they are white with a dark head. They hatch from eggs laid in the soil by wasp-like moths, and then tunnel into stalks and leaf stems to feed. As they tunnel along eating the inner tissues of the plant, they push brown-colored waste out their entrance holes. The boring restricts the flow of water and nutrients to the plants and weakens their physical structure. In some cases, vigorous plants are able to survive the attack if the borer population is limited, but unfortunately, this is seldom the case.
Here are a number of organic methods for controlling them in the garden:
Trying to save infested plants:
To control them in the garden:
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