I took some advice from last year on the boring beetles and slit the stem of the zukes in half. Couldn't find the beetle's grub, but I buried the stem and the zukes are doing much better. Hopefully I can stay ahead of the boring beetles this year. Hope springs anew :)
I'm trying the stake-and-weave method this year for the tomatoes. So far so good. My first year I tried tomato cages, and they outgrew the cages and I ended up needing to stake them. Second year I just staked them, figuring that's what I ended up doing the year before, and they slid down the poles. Third year I tried letting them sprawl, being told they produce more. They may produce more, but I lost more than the extra to slugs, rabbits, and wilt. Hopefully I find my niche with the stake-and-weave method.
Jul 5, 2011 | 3:55 PM PST
That's it, I'm done growing any kind of squash for two years. The boring beetles got into my zukes. I slit the stem open but didn't see any grubs. I buried the stem so it'll re-grow. Next year I'm doing only pest-free veggies. So that leaves just hot peppers, right?