a sad day for the cucurbitaceae

A sad day indeed for the cucurbits in my garden. I have been ignoring the many striped cucumber beetles that seem to be deterred by nothing I do. I had planted a lot of zucchini, cucumbers, and winter squash for my family this year. Unfortunately, it seems as though mother nature has had a different approach to my gardening technique. It is time for me to pull all the squash/cucumber plants from my garden. They are beyond dead.

Some have little fruits trying to grow, but unfortunately the ones that got by the cucumber beetles are being attacked by stink bugs. Clearly not my year for preserving the dill pickles that my daughter craves by the handful. Instead, I am left with beans, peppers (which I may have to pull as well because it hasn't been hot enough), and my beloved tomatoes, which seem to be holding up quite well despite the fact that I have no idea how to prune these suckers, and I have definitely NOT staked them (what is wrong with me?!).

So there it goes, probably half of my garden gone. I planted what we eat. A lot of pie pumpkin (for breads, muffins, pumpkin butter, pies, and soup), winter squash (the kind that will last the entire winter season), and enough cucumbers/zucchini/yellow summer squash to make enough relish/pickles/grated frozen bags to give us something tasty during the winter. My last hope is really the tomatoes. I am hoping beyond hope that I have good producers in the romas I got this year as seedlings. And if all else fails, I hope that the local fish monger's father has a banner crop of tomatoes again this year as he did last year, and I can pick them up for $.50/pound.

I'm not sure I could be a real farmer. I seem to be so attached to the plants this year, where usually I can pass over them without concern. Is it because I am actually relying on them this year that it is so different?

How is your garden growing? Has there been any big wipeout for you? Or is it just me and this strange Maine weather this year?

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