Here are some helpful links with ideas for using scapes:
Thanks to Tyler for providing a link to information about lawn bugs and insects. In short, minimize the bad bugs (pests), and cultivate the beneficial insects.
We recently received a note from a teacher in Colorado Springs that came upon our website while teaching her daughter about gardening! It is awesome that we are reaching so far with our garden success. She provided a link to another site that has lots of great gardening information that could be helpful as well.
Thank you Rebecca and Katie Conner from Colorado Springs!
We are battling numerous insects on our garden this year. Japanese Beetles, Striped Cucumber Beetles, Squash Bugs, Mexican Bean Beetle, Squash Vine Borer and the most recent one discovered is the Asiatic Garden Beetle. There isn't much that we can do for for several of these other than making sure that we are picking them off and killing them as much as we can. Surround, Neem oil and various other home-made formulas are being used with mixed success. The Mofga web site is a great place to go for information of many of the pests that we battle here in Maine: http://www.mofga.org/Publications/PestReports/PestReports2012/tabid/2178/Default.aspx?PageContentMode=1
Squash Borer Damage - July 31st, 2012
Last night I went into the garden to check my beds and my once beautiful squash plants were looking suddenly wilted. I had just been there two days ago! That was not a good sign. After examining the plants I decided that there was something seriously wrong and the plant wasn't going to make it. So I pulled it out of the ground and looked at the area that was all mushy and there was a Squash Borer hiding. If you look closely you will see the white worm with some ridges on it. I proceeded to kill the worms that I saw, had to pull two other plants and put them on the burn pile outside of the garden. Unfortunately, there is no saving the plant after this happens. if you would like some information on how to deal with this pest you can read this report: Squash bug and Squash Vine Borer Control.
This document was given to us at one of the workshops with Dick Brzozowski of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. Lots of good information. Organic Pesticides-july-3-12
This document was given to us at one of the workshops with Dick Brzozowski of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. Lots of good information. Squash Bugs-july-3-12
As a committee member, one of my assigned responsibilities is education. I am hoping to help all of our gardeners by providing educational information that will help us all be successful this year. If you have any links or suggestions you would like to see posted here, just send me an email through our Contact Information page. Thanks. RM