Sunday, June 14, 2015

Insectoside Time for the Pumpkin Plants

I don't prefer to use insecticides but last year I lost both plants to yellow vine diseases which is spread by cuke beetles and and squash bugs.  A couple of years before that I lost a very nice 1789 Wallace plant to the same disease.  Last season I only saw one squash bug in the patch all season and didn't see any cuke beetles.  It just takes one infected squash bug to end a season early however.

Last season I sprayed, but this season I'm going to spray and also add a systemic to the mix.  That should give me better coverage.  For the contactants I only spay in the evening, to give the bees a better change.  With the rains mostly done and warmer weather happening I suspect we are going to see a lot more bugs coming out.

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