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We donated 27 pounds of produce to Feed My People Food Pantry.  The bags have squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and corn in them.  They were very appreciative and can't wait for the carrots and tomatoes to mature.  
Posted by emccray  On Jul 29, 2016 at 9:57 AM
  
So, the battle began around 3:30 and ended at 7pm.  We sprayed every single plant in the garden with bioneem insecticide.     I mixed 4 tablespoons in a gallon milk jug per the directions and transferred the liquid to spray bottles.  As we sprayed the plants we also did the natural pest control and squished as many of those suckers as we could.  I don't like killing anything so this was particularly hard for me, but it had to be done. As we were spraying the plants we removed any leaves with squash bug eggs on them as well.        The last leg of defense was to plant some nasturtium seeds in every garden bed.  Apparently they draw the bugs away from the squash plants.          Hopefully this plant will help to fight the battle for us.  Next year we will plant these flowers right along with the squash plants to help from the beginning.  We harvested 2 cucumbers and one green tomato that will ripen later.   
Posted by emccray  On Jul 29, 2016 at 9:50 AM
  
Despite all of the watering we have lost the battle with the squash plant in bed 3.  The squash plant in bed 6 is also dieing.  The squash bugs have seemed to take over.  They are now in almost every garden bed and making their way to the zucchini plants and next they will hit the cucumbers.  But I have seen more lady bugs and we have spotted one prey mantis, which means that there are more of them.  Yay! They are our reinforcements. They will eat the squash bug eggs!  I hope it's not too late. I have found a special plant that the squash bugs particularly like, nasturtium.  The plan is to plant these seeds in all of the beds and spray the plants with NEEM oil.  This is a nontoxic oil that apparently the bugs do not like. We're hoping this work.  Next year we will plant nasturtium with the squash plants to ward off the bug attacks.  We were still able to harvest 7 more pounds of produce!    YUCK! Squash bugs!  Despite the bugs, we still were able to harvest 7 more pounds of produce!
Posted by emccray  On Jul 28, 2016 at 2:30 PM
  
OH NO!  We have been invaded by squash bugs.  Beds 3 and 8 have these ugly little white baby beetles and large dark grey beetles on the leaves and all over the squash and stems!  I am researching to see what we can do about this.  I don't want to spray chemicals on our plants but we have to come up with something.   In the mean time, the tomatoes have started to produce small green tomatoes.  We should have a tomato crop coming soon.  We have also picked several ears of corn!
Posted by emccray  On Jul 28, 2016 at 2:16 PM
  
Wow!  Lots of new growth. The corn continues to get taller and corn is maturing, but still not ready to be harvested.  Waiting for the corn silks to dry to be ready for picking. However, we collected another 10 pounds of produce!   garden bed 1 :  Tomato plant is doing well. There is alot of mint growing in this bed.  garden bed 2:  corn and tomatoes are doing well. garden bed 3: sorry no picture - The squash plant is looking like it has heat stroke.  The leaves all turned brown and there are only a few green spots.  Watered it really well in the hopes that it will revive itself.  garden bed 4: tomatos, corn, and broccoli are growing strong. garden bed 5: There's a cucumber vine growing in the tall weed. We chose not to pull the tall weed to allow the cucumber space to grow. Corn and tomatoes looking good.  garden bed 6: 2 large cucumbers harvested from bed 6. Squash plant starting to look a little sick. Noticed bottom of stalk looking chewed on, but plant still growing well. Corn and tomato plants doing well. garden bed 7:  Tomato plant doing well. Lots of mint growing in this bed as well.  garden bed 8:Tomato plant doing well, small brocolli growing.  Noticed bugs (beetles) on the squash plant.  garden bed 9:  There are 3 baby cucumber plants growing in the middle of the bed.  I hope they do well! garden bed 10:A few small tomatoes fell of the vine and cucumbers harvested today!      baby carrots are hard to see, but they're growing!  garden bed 11: 5 cucumbers harvested! Corn, cucumbers, and baby carrots are doing well. garden bed 12: 2 cucumbers harvested today! tomatoes, cucumber, and corn doing well. Baby carrots are growing as well.  
Posted by emccray  On Jul 28, 2016 at 2:10 PM
  
Most beds are producing squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and corn is starting to mature.  Squash bugs have appeared in bed 4. About 10 pounds of produce collected!  Woohoo!  
Posted by emccray  On Jul 28, 2016 at 1:10 PM
  
Woohoo! Our first fruits.  We have some zucchini, squash, and cucumbers!  Tomatoes and corn are soon to follow. garden bed 1: cucumber flowers baby tomato      garden bed 2: garden bed 3: cucumber large zucchini            garden bed 4: garden bed5:           garden bed 6: garden bed 7: garden bed 8: beetles munching on leaves garden bed 9: garden bed 10: garden bed 11:    garden bed 12:
Posted by emccray  On Jul 07, 2016 at 12:46 AM
  
A little over a week has passed and there is quite a bit of growth.  We have squash and zucchini flowers!  Yay!  I hope we have pollinators that come to visit.         garden bed 1: garden bed 2: garden bed 3: garden bed 4: garden bed 5: garden bed 6: garden bed 7: garden bed 8: garden bed 9: garden bed 10: garden bed 11: garden bed 12:
Posted by emccray  On Jul 06, 2016 at 11:59 PM
  
Watered and added more shredded paper compost.
Posted by emccray  On Jul 06, 2016 at 11:27 PM
  
There's a lot more growth.  The squash and zucchini plants are much bigger and have flowers on them.  The corn is 2 to 3 feet tall.  There are more cucumber, carrot, and pepper plants coming up.  garden bed 1: garden bed 2: garden bed 3: garden bed 4: garden bed 5: garden bed 6: garden bed 7: garden bed 8: garden bed 9: garden bed 10: garden bed 11: garden bed 12:
Posted by emccray  On Jul 06, 2016 at 11:22 PM
  
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