I Spoke Too Soon: Zucchini Edition

By | July 11, 2013

Guys, remember when I was all “Our garden is such an amazing surprising success?”

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Mulched Garden 4

Well, I spoke too soon.

Today, when I was watering and harvesting and pruning, one of the zucchini vines broke off in my hand. It was completely rotted out at the base!

After a quick check, the others were confirmed to have the same problem. An instant rotted-zucchini-sized pit formed in my stomach and I may have wanted to cry a little bit…even though I refrained.

Zucchini Borer Rott

After some research, I determined we had the dreaded squash borers. Ick.

And that our plants were doomed to die within a matter of days, and they had already likely given us their last harvests.

Sad day, indeed.

Zucchini Borer Before Removal

When Wyatt got home from work, we performed the operation. We started by carefully removing the rotten chunks in hopes of preserving anything that was worth saving, although that didn’t last long when we discovered every single vine had been infested.

Zucchini Borer Removing

Sickening. (See the nasty thing below? Big fat white grubby thing in the middle?)

Zucchini Borer Mess

So, we pulled them all out.

Zucchini Borer Removed

And I cried a little inside. Don’t judge.

Empty Bed

We’re in hopes of replanting, so I’ll keep you posted on that.

In the meantime, we’re burning the vines we pulled out. To kill the borers and to give me some closure and help my heart heal.

Zucchini Borer in Grill

Has this ever happened to you? Help!

2 thoughts on “I Spoke Too Soon: Zucchini Edition

  1. sarah9188

    Sadness. 🙁 RIP zucchini plants – once you are burnt so the nasty is gone. Next year, I’m so doing a garden. We thought we’d have to move this summer or else I would have tried it.


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