Summer brings with it some of our favorite garden vegetables: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, to name just a few. But summer also brings some of the garden’s most notorious pests whom, if left out of control, will devour those vegetables before they have a chance to make it to our table. Today I’m sharing a few of the pests we’ve encountered the most often in our zone 6b garden, and what’s worked for us to combat them naturally.
Occasionally a plant in the squash family will abort their fruit. It can be very frustrating for a gardener when this happens. Read this article to learn what to do for squash fruit falling off the vine.
If your garden is tight on space look for bush varieties of zucchini that grow upright, like 'Fordhook' and 'Astia.' Compact varieties can even be grown in containers. If you go with the old-fashioned vines limit yourself to a couple of plants, then pick the zucchini two or three times a week, when they are between 5 and 6 inches long. Harvesting often encourages the plants to get back to the business of growing flowers, which eventually yields a larger quantity of squash.