My garden has at least every problem!

by Dana
(Savannah Ga)

I honestly grew up believing that the Jolly Green Giant was the only one that could grow vegetables! (I wish I was teasing but it's true)When I got married my mother in law introduced me to fresh veggies. It has been a deep and true love ever since with vegetables. Now I want to grow them so this is my first Garden. I want my to be organic. Each veggie has a list of issues that you may encounter, whether pest or disease etc. But, everything I am growing has Two things from it's list :( I spent the last 3 days surgically removing vine borers from squash and now some have black rot. Is it something that I am doing wrong? Is this normal? I live in Savannah Ga. with high humidity but lot's of people have gardens here. What has produced healthy is Delish. Please, please share any advice, I need help and a ton of good garden juju too.
Thank you so much in advance.

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Jul 24, 2015
Squash bore
by: Ellen from Georgia

I live in Georgia also Colbert close to Athens Georgia. I lost all of my squash and most of the pumpkins one survived very small. I tried wrapping the stem of the squash with foil, also started my squash in containers before going to the garden. This year planted a variety of different squash and many more. Each squash was in a three gallon container before it went down into the garden so it was big.I have used many piles of duck composted straw as as mulch around each squash and pumpkin. I have come to the conclusion that next year my garden will be a container garden up on the back deck. What are your thoughts on this squash bore?

Jul 24, 2015
I'm certain the Squash Borer is the DEVIL!!
by: Dana

I fought the Squash Borer and I Won (I think)! I had great success with surgically removing those nasty buggers from my squash. I was watering one day and saw my beautiful plant that was full of fruit and blooms fall over before my eyes. I thought that either I or my dogs did it since it looked like it snapped off or had been cut off. Then I saw another plant full of blooms and fruit on the ground and the vine looked like sawdust. Everything I read said the surgery was rarely successful, better to throw the plants away and start over. I worked so hard in that garden but it was only 2 plants. Then I saw it was in the other 12 plants, well, it went like this...I picked my jaw up off the ground,cried, gave up, got mad, got my razor blade and fought back! That rollercoaster lasted all of 5 minutes, but the surgery went on for days. I was NOT going to lose months of hard work, lot's of money in soil and plants, and give up over a WORM! (or so I thought). I hate killing anything and I do mean anything, so it was a disgusting job and it was a lot of work. Knowing all of that may make me pause for a minute if or when it happens next year. But, I am happy to say that I only lost two more plants because I missed a borer but 10 others are thriving, for now anyway. Maybe I should give up my dreams of being the Jolly Green Giant organic style and consider being a surgeon.

Jul 24, 2015
The Devil, aka, Squash Borer
by: Dana

Hi Ellen, I'm sorry that you are having problems but on the bright side, at least we aren't alone in this! I know that doesn't help much. My squash is in containers too. So, if you put your containers on your deck instead of the ground will it keep the borers out? Wow, that would be awesome! I want fresh squash so badly. Also, just wondering if you are doing organic gardening? I won't use chemicals, but I can sure see why some do. I am not kidding, everything that I planted has a major issue. The ray of sunshine in my 1st gardening experience is that I could not have learned more any other way. I am almost excited about next year so I can see if all I have been through this year and learned will help me at all. I just added my surgery experience because I finally see it did work. Everything I read said that covering the vine or waiting until after early June to plant squash were the only ways to prevent the borer. I planted a new squash the first week of July and guess what! It has a borer so I think they lied to me:( I bought a bunch of cheap knee high stockings like my grandma wore and I cut the toes out so I could cover the vines. I don't know yet how it is going to work but I have my fingers crossed. Besides, now I have Cucumber Beetles to tend with!! ...cuss word, cuss word, cuss word! Not so excited for next year anymore :(

Jul 25, 2015
Veggies with problems NEW
by: ~ Megan

Love the Jolly Green Giant stuff! At least you're positive, same with Ellen. Good on you.

I do believe that if you are consistently having major problems with particular vegetables, then possibly try different ones. Sometimes gardens are just not that into some plants. Wrong area, wrong climate, whatever... go for easier plants, the old tried and true, like greens, tomatoes, peas, beans, carrots and most herbs etc. This way is particularly good for beginner gardeners. Only when you have some good harvests, and happily munching on your own home grown, THEN give some time and room to a few troublesome veggies. That way you won't feel so disappointed because you will still be eating from your garden.
Definitely grow your squash in different soil next year, that should fix any borer worms/eggs in the soil.

Jul 25, 2015
Squash bore NEW
by: Ellen from Georgia

Hi Dana the thing is to never give up, so when the squash bore eats all the squash you have to find another way to grow squash. I really think container gardening will work have been reading many gardening blogs. Also reading about rain gutter gardening, going to try grow bags and then small kiddy pools with water inside. I love to garden so i will keep trying until I can find a way to grow squash and pumpkins.Wish i could post some pictures but can't find any way here to post some pictures. Ellen

Jul 25, 2015
growing veg challenges NEW
by: ~ Megan

Ellen, sometimes our digital age creates more problems than our gardens! I spend heaps of hours at my computer and I know heaps, but hours go by when I'm trying to fix some little problem (when I'd much rather be in the garden).
That's my rant for today (smile), so short answer - it's not possible with this system to post photos on forums unless you are the first poster. Otherwise it's a complicated process to send photos to me and I upload them etc.
Best is to put your photos on a sharing site like Facebook or Flickr, then post the link here. Or you could start a new post with a few good photos and I can link these two posts together. Megan

Jul 26, 2015
Wow! I love these posts! NEW
by: Dana

This site is awesome, I can relate to every post. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. This is my first garden, sorry that was previously stated, and as with most things I do...I was over-ambitious! I have fruit trees, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, zucchini and OH, Mustn't forget my 2nd favorite, Okra. (Okra is of course doing the best) I had to pick one of our hottest summers to try gardening. I still don't know what possessed me. I mentioned already that I have cucumber wormies, I don't even know where to begin (insert big sigh here) ugh! NOW my corn is either being eaten by a varmit, critter, or whatever, Or it is only half developed. Another big sigh. I am a stubborn red head so I keep mushing through :) Here is where I can relate to everyone...I would absolutely rather be in the garden than spend the hours, no, days researching. I have tried the most bizarre things to defeat my problems and finally, I have worked to hard to give up now! I can't wait to list the things that my first garden has taught me, ha ha. I will do so many things different next year. Last year I got cocky and mother nature put me in my place (maybe it was that darn green giant, btw, I no longer find him so jolly) I had a couple of tomato plants and a couple of okra plants and oh boy, I felt like god cuz a few produced. No clue what happened with my pretty yet half full corn now. My super hero days are officially over!! I will beat all the nasty critters eventually, I hope.
...Sad Green Giant

Jul 26, 2015
Garden this year NEW
by: Ellen from Georgia

Green Giant really enjoyed reading your e-mail, I can so relate to you and the problems in the garden. I can't even find my shallots or potatoes the weeds took over. I know eventually I will find the potatoes because I used stakes to mark where I planted them. I have learned from this years garden no more up and down the hill for me. Going to relocate the garden up on flat land in front of the porch in containers and in kiddy pools. I will use ply wood then concert blocks to keep everything up off of the ground.First I will lay newspaper then card board to kill the weeds. I have been gardening now for five years and learn something new each year. Gardening is more then a hobby to me it is my passion. So just keep on gardening it will keep you fit and you will learn from Mother nature.

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