Saturday, July 19, 2014
Garden Update - I learned a Lesson
The Squash and Zucchini plants have finally fallen to the mighty Squashbug invasion. These nasty critters have finally sucked the life out of their favorite garden chow and are even now as we speak migrating enmasse to the Watermelon section.
I doubt the Melons will last long to be honest.
I resorted to spraying an insecticide for the first time in my long gardening career this year and I did in fact make a dent in the bug-suckers but it was really too late to stop the vampiric horde. We did get several meals of Squash and Zucchini in so it wasn't a total loss but typically the Squashbugs do eventually kill off the plants but not until August or so. I have never much bothered with them before but I have never before seen them in such numbers that they killed my plants this early either.
My theory on the subject is they multiplied 100 fold last year when I planted all those Water Melons, Cantaloupe and Pumpkins and they came out in huge numbers this year almost right on top of my Squash.
Actually this is a good lesson to learn and a good time to learn it. It is one thing to grow a garden with half a dozen of this and a couple of that but if you want to hit the numbers needed to truly lay food back for a year the dynamics of the thing changes. When you add in the fact that insecticides and the like are not going to be available in a grid down situation what do you do? It's best to figure out these issues now.
So I am shifting tactics a bit and plan on opening up a new garden location and start rotating where the plants the Squash bugs like and live on are planted. I have the ground available to get a pretty good distance between the locations too and it won't take up a whole lot of space. Perhaps I can lesson or break the Squash bug infestations in kinda the same way I cancel out the mite cycle in my bee hives.
I am going to plan on doing it that way next year and see how it works out. So far expanding out the Pumpkin planting into a secluded spot on it's own seems to be working out well so why not try it with Melons and Squash?
Certainly I could try spraying earlier and maybe even make a difference but that would not be productive in adapting for sustainable living if sprays were not available now would it? It's best to find a natural solution if you can.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!