cameron johnson wrote:Is their anything I can plant with my squash and pumpkin plants to help keep these little monsters away, last year I just had them in with the corn but they didnt stand a chance this year im going to go the companion planting type route, so does anybody know of any plant that might give my squash a fighting chance. And as a side note I did stay on the squash trying to remove every vine borer I could find but they ended up looking like freddy krueger got his hands on them and I finally was feed up and just pulled them all up and smashed the plants untill I was sure none could survive so maybe this year Ill have a leg up on the little devils. And side note 2 I know squash and corn is already companion planting I am just looking for other ideas. Anyways thinks for reading
Alex Ames wrote:Thanks Deb! That sounds like it will work and be workable.
I have heard putting floating row cover on them until the first female
blossoms appear will work.
Anything to keep the moth from laying it's eggs at the base of the plant.
Matt Sans wrote: On page 47 of the 2015 Southern Exposure Seed Exchange catalog, they define the characteristics of the four squash species. Of the four, Curcurbita moschata and C. mixta are both resistant to vine borers "once the plants are beyond the seedling stage". That held true for me last year with their "Tan Cheese" pumpkins (C. moschata) - the first pumpkins I've been able to grow. I've ordered a few more of the C. moschata and C. mixta to try this year.