I have been religious and diligent when it comes to search and destroy missions to try to prevent the destruction of my cukes and squash family plants but I never win no matter how hard I try. Any preventive secrets out there?
I would love to hear some organic tips. I gave up trying to grow cukes after last year because of what the beetles did to the flowers. Now I'm afraid I've got something similar happening to some melons. I can't use a row cover because they're trained up a trellis. Stupid bugs!
the best bug catchers are chickens,but to find some thing organic that may be helpful go to the site. http://www.arbico-organics.com/ I use their products on my garden with great success especially with bug control. 2 or three hens will be enough for the average home garden to keep it mostly bug free along with the other organic pest control. plus chicken have the added benefit of eggs,manure,and a bit of natural rototiller. they are easily contained and never wander very far especially if you have a big bug issue they will concentrate the efforts where the bugs are worst. yes they will eat some of the plant leaves/tops but it is a small sacrifice to have a bug free garden and eggs.
Well I have had a bit of trouble with the powdery mildew first off what I'm going to try is not to Water in the evening and not let the water get on the the Squash leaves The second thing if Powdery stuff starts to show I will Start to use Milk spray. Some have said this works well.. Here is some good information on the subject