Squash Vine Borers

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The first year i had my garden it was absolutley the best, with no issues. The next year and after were totally different. My squash and cucumbers got destroyed by the vine borers. I have not done my garden in a few years but started it back the past few weeks. How do i prevent the vine borers?
 

Gavin H

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If possible crop rotation would be a good idea
 

ClissAT

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It seems the bad critters never find a new garden the first year.
I think the good critters never find the garden that first year either otherwise they'd be ready when the bad guys moved in.
Check out heritage seed sellers and look up good bug plants.
They make combined selections of plants that will encourage and house the good bugs.
Then when the bad bugs find your garden there is already a supply of good bugs ready to breed up to fight the baddies.
That last sentence was the most critical.
The good bugs need to breed up to big numbers to obliterate the baddies.
That takes time, which is why you should plant your good bug plants with your first garden.
 
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tommy bjerke

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The only way I've found to get around vine borers is to plant early and harvest all I can before they set in. I kill all I can see with my hands but that only works so long. Pyrethian works pretty well but its a contact killer and can be harmful to bees if they visit your garden.