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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.


Chemical-free Squash Bug Control - The Garden Mix

 
A few yellow spots, browning or wilted leaves on cucumber, squash, pumpkins or melons should send you on a search for squash bugs. 

These ¾ inch long brown elongated bugs suck plant juices, but the real problem is the toxin they inject into the plant when feeding.
 
Keep your plants healthy and growing vigorously so they are better able to tolerate the damage. Try knocking small populations of the adult and immature squash bugs into a can of soapy water.  Be sure to check under the leaves and stems.  And you must be quick since they move fast when disturbed.  Look for and crush the small (1/16th inch) yellowish-bronze eggs found on the underside of the leaves and stems. 
 
Try trapping the adults with wet newspaper or boards laid on the soil around the plants.  The squash bugs will gather under these at night and can be collected and destroyed in the morning.
 
A bit more information: Be sure to clean up debris surrounding the garden.  This creates a great hiding place for this pest.  In fall remove all plant debris, especially vine crops, where the squash bug may overwinter.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com


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