How do I know that my garden has squash bugs?
Because the other day I was driving into work and Melinda Meyers, horticultural, gardening expert, was on the radio giving out tips and she said, “Millie, you have squash bugs.”
First of all I was shocked that she knew my name, because not many people do. And secondly I was appalled that she would say something like that on the air.
But I did have to admit that all of the symptoms that she began to describe, yellow and brown leaves that curl and have holes in them and plants that bear no fruit, were the exact symptoms that my foliage had.
The expert went on to say that these squash bug creatures lay their eggs on the undersides of the leaves and that was only the beginning. It got a lot worse after that. You see, the squash bugs and their freaking little babies then feed on the very leaves that they call home and while they are all gorging themselves on the floors of their houses they are simultaneously injecting toxic fluids into the plants, which then kills off the fruit.
HOW RUDE is that?
Melinda went on to say that squash bugs can affect cucumber plants too.
That got my blood boiling, because my cucumbers are next door neighbors to my squash plants and they all look gangly and anemic and homeless these days.
And here, all this time I had been blaming my foiled garden on bad dirt. Who doesn’t have a little bit of that? Name one person. You can’t. Everybody has some and I probably have a little more than others. So, I just figured that my failing garden was due to karma or something. But it wasn’t karma at all and it wasn’t bad dirt either.