After discovering a Squash Vine Borer worm on my Yellow Zucchini yesterday I needed to try to save my plant.
I didn't do anything fancy. I simply cut off the damaged stems. I had no idea that squash stems were hollow!
Here's what I found while performing surgery on the Zucchini (above). See the little red dots? I think those are Squash Vine Borer eggs. Worse, they are not just on the one plant, I found them on all four Zucchini plants. My homemade natural remedy failed. Bummer. I wiped away all the red dots I found but I'm sure I missed some.
So, I headed up to my new favorite store Green Home Experts (on Oak Park Ave. for you Chicagoland folks)where I found this natural insecticide, Sharp Shooter. It's made with clove and peppermint oils. I treated my entire kitchen garden today. I'm hoping that the spray will get rid of the red eggs before they hatch.
Stay tuned for regular updates on my war against the evil Squash Vine Borer.