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I wanted to make a mention for Paul about how much your 2nd pantry paratus podcast has helped me to remember some basics and realize some things I had forgotten..esp when you were talking about the squash bugs..

I have been plagued by some squash bugs for several years now..and doing a lot of smushing bugs..and eggs..and still having the bugs come

I have tried moving my polyculture summer squash around into different places..thinking I can fool the squash bugs so that they can't find the plants, but they still have..I've tried using some soaps and oils on them..they don't die..but

I have realized this year that even though I still have the bugs bugging me, that the squash plants on the hugel beds seem to be stronger and are resisting the bugs better...and they are bearing some summer squash..

not full crops..but are bearing and are survivng better than in previous years..

still hate the squash bugs, still smashing, chasing and washing them with soap..and will continue to try to grow summer squash (as we love them)..but are realizing that the healthier the plants are and the healthier the soil....the less damage the squash bugs seem to be able to inflict..(sure hope we come up with a better way to eliminate them without hurting the beneficials though !)
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