Gardening is not all happy ripe tomatoes and blooming flowers. No, there is an uglier side. We’re talking worms that bore into the belly of the plant and gut them, leaving nothing but entrails…no wait, leaving nothing but dead stalks. I’m pretty sure I saw the first squash borer moth hovering in the garden today. Yes, that was me running amok with my spray bottle shouting “Die! Die, fiend, die!” Hopefully it doesn’t make the nightly news.
I think I pulled something near my hip as I chased that thing and tried to keep my balance. And I’m not sure the borer will die because it’s hard to say how much of the neem/cinnamon oil/soapy water actually landed–On it, I mean. Plenty blew back onto me and my clothing. There’s a reason I went organic a few years back. I’d much rather have neem and cinnamon on me than some chemical that is likely to shrivel my insides, cause a rash and make my entrails fall…oh, you get the picture.
Here’s a picture of what the eggs look like on a squash plant. If you scroll down that post, you’ll see a picture of the moth. The moth I saw was a much brighter orange and fatter. They don’t always look like wasps (as the one in the picture does.) They’re these unidentifiable flying objects that could be a really large orange fly, a moth, a wasp or some striped orange thing.
I have the zucchini plant sprinkled LIBERALLY with cinnamon powder. LIBERALLY, as in parts are buried in it. I hope it confuses the moth. The moth I saw today was certainly confused, but you’d be confused too if some lady came running at you with an old Fantastic bottle squirting like mad. You know what they say. No guts, no glory. I am on the warpath and my spray bottle is fully loaded. Those zombie apocalypse hunters got nothing on me. I wonder if cinnamon oil works on zombies?? I’ll let you know if I happen to run into any of them in the garden because if I do, I assure you I’ll be shooting them. Liberally. And running.