Week 18: Diagnosis and Repair

Since my last post, here’s what’s been happening. Upon further inspection of the sick zucchini, I have borers. They were eating holes in the base of the zucchini  making the rest of the plant look sick. 😦

So, to prevent the borers from taking over the rest of my garden I used Captain Jack’s Deadbug Brew. This is an organic bacterium that has been bottled up and is the leading pesticide in the production of organic produce. I have never used a pesticide on my garden before, so I was a little bummed out.

Here’s how this works, you put your dog in the house, where she’ll stare desperately at you from the back door.

Next you hook up the spray to your garden hose. NOTE: Remove the safety ring, or you’ll be extremely frustrated.

Next, ask your significant other to to spray your garden or just do it yourself. Your choice!

Any pets (or children for that matter) will have to stay away from the sprayed veggies for 30 minutes while it works it’s magic. Then, mission complete.

In conclusion, we removed the zucchini with all the holes and bug in it, then sprayed and now both the cucumber and zucchini look significantly healthier and are both still producing…


What about those weird round cucumbers? Are they lemon cucumbers or what? Well yes they are!

Which is the Lemon and which is the Cucumber?

These were labeled “bush cucumber” when purchased, but the grower messed up the tags so now I’ve got these Dr. Seuss looking lemon cucumbers. They make me laugh!!! I feel like I’m in Willy Wonka land when I pick them, “the Schnozzberries taste like Schnozzberries!”. Yes, I’ve eaten them and they do taste like a cucumber. Fun stuff 🙂

Bell Pepper

Roma tomato

Tomatoes are about ready to turn red!! I think in a few days I might be making tomato pie, salad, so on and so forth 🙂 And my pepper plants are still producing yummy spicy treats.

Wondering what ever happened with my herbs? I set them up under my hanging baskets so that the water drips into their pots. The basil and parsley are doing well but the cilantro died. Same thing happened to me last year. I don’t think Cilantro and I are meant to be.

In conclusion I leave you with the image of Pepper, refusing to come inside before we sprayed the pesticide. I asked, she sat down. My fiance says with enthusiasm “Come on Pepper! We’re going inside” and the dog shows her belly for rubs. The joys of being a dog owner lol


About VeggieKim

I am a twenty-something gal living in Central Pennsylvania aspiring to have my own edible garden. Follow me thru my trials and tribulations as I journey from seed to harvest.
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7 Responses to Week 18: Diagnosis and Repair

  1. Dave May says:

    I’ve had those borer problems with zucchini every year, as well. I’ve found that it is borers and/or black ants, actually. And it usually happens after a heavy rain, when the plant stem is damp. I think they start to rot from the wetness and that attracts the bugs. I’ve used Captain Jack’s, too, and it works fairly well. The one problem I had with it is that you have to reapply it constantly in wet conditions. Even a heavy dew would wash it off of my kale and chard. I went through several (expensive) bottles before I decided that I was better off just sharing some of my produce with the bugs! With the zucchini it’s more of a problem since the combination of bugs and rot simply sever the plant from its roots. I’m not really sure what to do about that except do everything possible to prevent things from being too damp around the base of the plant… Even then, it seems like it’s only a matter of time. And I’ll stand by what I said before about Mosaic: it is most commonly spread by bugs and especially borers that move from stem to stem. Keep and eye on those yellow leaves, and if you notice splotches of black or other colors take action as quick as you can!

    • VeggieKim says:

      We did turn off the irrigation for a few days to dry things out. I feel like we’ll be okay, but just like you said we’re going to have to keep watch.

  2. Patti T. says:

    I lost my squash to the borers again this year. I read that you are supposed to put tin foil around the base of the plant to keep them out, not sure if it works but I will be trying that next year.

  3. Marc says:

    It’s not that cilantro and you aren’t meant to be… the problem is that cilantro, unlike most other herbs, is a very short lived plant. When it gets warm, it bolts (blossoms and sets seed) and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. If you want a summer long supply of this herb you can plant new seeds every 6 weeks throughout the growing season.
    Good luck with the garden!

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