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Our tomatoes are finally starting to turn red. We’ve harvested a handful of zucchini and cucumbers, plus an eggplant and a few Anaheim peppers. Not to mention all the fresh herbs we need.

Delicious homegrown cucumbers.

Delicious homegrown cucumbers.

So far, it’s been a decent season and could end up being one of our better gardening years. But of course not everything is perfect. Despite our efforts to crush the cucumber beetle and wipe away any trace of the squash vine borer, we’ve lost a few battles.

I suspect what made the leaves on two of our cucumber plants shrivel and die was bacterial wilt transmitted by the cucumber beetle. Either that or serious damage from a mega-infestation of squash bugs, which I promptly doused in insecticidal soap.

We did lose one of our yellow squash volunteers to the squash vine borer, as well as half of another yellow squash plant that somehow divided itself in two after it was in the garden.

While all this is upsetting, I’m trying to look on the bright side of things. Where we had to tear out the cucumber plants is a great place to plant a fall crop of peas, and the dead squash plant frees up a pot for some more fall lettuce.

 

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My neighbors probably think I’m losing it. Almost every night for the past few weeks, I’ve been outside by our raised beds swatting at the plants and swinging a bowl through the air. But there is a method (and purpose) to the madness.

It’s to catch and crush striped cucumber beetles and stave off devastation to our plants. Last year our cucumbers were doing wonderful and flowering. Then they died. We did notice a small bug flying around the area. It looked like a ladybug, but it was yellow and had stripes – the dreaded striped cucumber beetle.

I really don’t care if they nibble on the leaves. Our plants are pretty well established and would survive a few chewing holes. What I am worried about is disease spread by the cucumber beetle.

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