[gardeners] squash borers

Allen and Judy Merten (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 01 Jul 1998 14:21:46 -0500

Hi George,
    Growing up on the Texas Coast near Galveston, my Dad fought borers
with every pesticide that claimed it would kill them. Once they enter
the vine its just a matter of time before the vine dies. I asked him
last night what he did to make all the squash that I remember eating. He
said the only thing he could do was to plant in stages of a couple of
weeks apart. Eventually especially later in the summer the borers killed
everything anyway.
    The wonderful memories of that delicious food from our family garden
is what has me gardening for my family now even though because of my
back I do alot on gardening on hands and knees or crawling. Believe me
it is worth it. My 3 sisters and my brother and I were considered by our
friends to have odd eating habits because we loved vegetables. My 2 sons
are the same today. By the way we did get rain in June.(.10)
                                                        Happy Gardening,

                                                        Bastrop Co.,Tx
                                                        Zone 8