The SVB's that is. They're back. They've got my number again this year...sigh.
I'd hoped that my twice a day inspection and picking of the leaves with the SVB eggs on them would deter the little bastards.
No such luck.
Most of my summer squashes appear to be affected. The patty pans are the worst.
This is disappointing on so many levels. I've staggered the plantings and I'm managing to get some yellow straight and crookneck to harvest but it's just a matter of time before they die. Again. Just like last year.
SM loves patty pans. But patty pans take such a long time to grow, I fear they're doomed before they come to size. I pulled the worst of the plants today but kept a couple in ground in the hopes that I might still get a small harvest off of them before they too crash and burn.
And it's not just the summer squash. We love winter squashes and pumpkins. I was planning a winter squash explosion this year. I'd bought tons of seed and when the green beans were done producing (July maybe?) I'd planned on planting the mother load of winter squashes and pumpkins in the back garden area.
I wonder if I should even bother? All that effort and seed and garden space...Gosh Darn It!
Would skipping a season help? How can I break the cycle?
Is there any advice out there with successful organic SVB control?
Or do I need to just suck it up and apply a commercial pesticide for control?