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When Squash Bugs Attack

July 26, 2018 12:27 PM | Sara Anderson (Administrator)

It seems the hungry grasshoppers in the dye garden have an accomplice. Peggy has dubbed the perpetrators “squash” bugs, though I am not at liberty to say why. They have a penchant for gnawing on the joints of plant stems until whole sections break off, young buds and all. Numerous counts of this destructive crime have been committed.

Here is a squash bug mug shot. If you or anyone you know has information about how to stop the squash bugs, please dial 9-1…Oh wait, guess I got a little carried away. Yeah, just let us know if you know an organic way to keep them off the plants. Please and thank you.

Sara

Textiles West dye garden intern

Correction: The bugs are actually called squash bugs.  Also, www.almanac.com/pest/squash-bugs says planting nasturtium, an edible flower plant, near the affected plants may help.

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