Re: [gardeners] Friday in the garden

penny x stamm (
Sat, 26 Aug 2000 00:46:27 -0400

George, my local guru gave me explicit instructions for your
borer situation:

Go out after dark with a strong light and a lady's hat pin plus
a single-edge razor blade.  Zucchini stems are transluscent,
and you will be able to spot a borer inside, close to the inner
wall of the plant. You then have a choice:  you can insert the
hat pin many times in a complete circle around the zuke stem, 
and he should become mortally wounded and drop down inside
the stem.  The other choice is to make a 3 inch slit in the stem
OPPOSITE THE CRITTER, open it up a bit, reach inside and mash 
the caterpillar against the wall it clings to, using the razor. 

Sounds daunting.

Since all the nutrient factors flow vertically in a zucchini, the fact
that you are making a slit should not kill the plant.  If they get into 
the roots, however, it's Goodbye, Charlie. 

Penny, NY

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