the garden battle begins...

I thought I had more time!  I thought I would come up with a miraculous solution before it happened.  Unfortunately, that was not the case.  What am I talking about?  The battle of the cucumber beetles and squash bugs.  

Honestly, I thought that planting last weekend, and then figuring out some sort of row cover this weekend would work.  I guess I need to move faster.  Or maybe I need to not grow any type of cucumber/summer squash/pumpkin/winter squash plants for a while.  

I went out to check on my garden, like I do every day, and it seemed like devastation overnight.  The zucchini plants are totally gone.  The leaves have tons of holes and the vines themselves look like shriveled up dead plants.  All of this seemed to happen in a day, because they were just fine yesterday.

It is slightly depressing to see the destruction, especially when I try so hard to garden organically.  I never spray my plants, but I can't seem to figure out a way to make these pests go away.

They have left some of the seedlings alone, for now.  My potted cucumber plant is doing well, as are the watermelon and another cucumber that I planted in a pile of composted manure.  

Alas, I am the one person that can't seem to grow that plethora of zucchini that everyone talks about!  Maybe I will try for a late planting, to see if that changes anything.

Do you have any pests you can't seem to get rid of?  How is your garden growing?


  1. Ugh, so sorry gal! I know how frustrating that can be. I definitely tried seeds this year only to lose most the starts that came up to the slugs (and they ate my entire radish crop). I still feel a little guilty that I broke down and used the harmful stuff around the sides of the boxes but since the slugs are being kept at bay then I don't feel TOO guilty. I tried to minimize the exposure to the actual boxes and rather dumped the stuff mainly outside the box. Are your bugs flying insects then?

  2. Wow, that was fast! They really do love your garden, how frustrating! I wonder if their eggs were on the seedlings when you bought them ? Probably not likely but just a thought. Just keep up the fight! :(

  3. How sorry I am! We have the ant problem on our farm :( but in the end, take heart, something manages to grow! Also inviting you to link up with us again this week!

  4. We had a real problem with potato beetles last year and this year we mulched real heavy with straw and so far not one beetle to be found. I wonder if it would work for you?

  5. So sorry, that is very frustrating. We are battling the cabbage worm right now, I think we are winning, but truth be told you never can tell for sure.

  6. We also had a problem with slugs and other crawling insects but, someone told me about using coffee grounds sprinkled around the vegetable's. So I saved all my morning used grounds and asked those that drank coffee for their grounds. everyone thought I was nuts. lol But guess what? It was spread all around them and no more bugs. They hated either the smell or feel of of coffee ground.

  7. Sorry to hear about the cucumber beetles arriving. That is something I haven't seen, no do I want to. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick


I love to hear from my readers and try to respond to all comments either here or through e-mail. Thank you for taking the time to comment!