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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Garden Gleanings from Weed'em & Reap: Squash plants dying

Posted Wednesday, February 24, 2010, at 12:27 PM
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  • Steve,

    It's Erwinia tracheiphila. But I couldn't find any solutions for it. I guess I'll keep researching...thanks for the help!

    -- Posted by espoontoon on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 11:53 AM
  • Hope no one is named Erwinia.

    Well there is good news and bad news. Since the bad news is not good, I will hold that until later.

    Good news: It is not something in your soil so you don't have to move your garden.

    Good news: It is a fairly common issue, so there is a lot of thought and research surrounding the problem. Also if you like to read, there are volumes of conversations about it.

    Good news: It is manageable, but.....

    Bad news: It will take some effort to manage. I say manage because it is spread by insects that fly. The main one is the cucumber beetle.

    There are numerous methods both chemical and organic to manage the problem, but if you notice, I said manage three times so far. That is because I do not think there is an absolute cure.

    Here is a great discussion of methods. http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/cucumberbeetle.html I find it fascinating but, I have a twisted mind when it comes to growing. They talk about organic or chemical, physical control, biological, trap crops, pheromone traps, delayed planting, susceptible and resistant varieties, etc., etc.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Feb 25, 2010, at 4:32 PM
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