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The Dreaded Squash Vine Borer & How to Still Enjoy Zucchini All Season Long

Aug 22, 2019
 

First, if you want to see me shudder in disgust, don't miss minute 4:05 in the video tutorial :)

And Friends, perhaps you’ve seen these gorgeous moths frolicking in your garden, though I hope you haven't.

The Squash Vine Borer (Melitta curcurbitae) is a great moth to become familiar with because yes, they're beautiful. Also, they're one of the most devastating insects in your garden.

The gorgeous and devastating adult moth of the Squash Vine Borer.

Squash Vine Borers make their home in the base of your squash plants, devouring their soft marrow before killing their host. They're particularly fond of any Cucurbita pepo plant, which includes all manner of zucchini, summer and pattypan squash in addition to pumpkins, acorn, spaghetti, delicata squash and more. 

Thankfully they are not attracted to cucumbers and melons, but most squash, winter squash, and pumpkins can be dramatically affected. I’ve heard and seen horror...

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Fruition's Guide to Companion Planting

Apr 26, 2018
 

Companion Planting

Tomatoes love basil.

Kale loves dill.

Is it really that simple?

Yes and no.

Companion planting is the art of planting your garden so everything will thrive in each neighbor's company.

Here is the bottom line: Diversity is essential for a healthy, gorgeous garden.

And the more the merrier: More species, more varieties, more flowers, more insects, more abundance, more joy.

Our insectary mix, full of diversity delicious for countless species.

What makes a good companion plant? Here are the three characteristics I consider when pairing companion plants, followed by my four go-to companion plants for any garden.

Three Kinds of Companions

1. Height + Light

Tall plants can act as a living trellis for climbing crops. For example, pole beans grow marvelously up sunflowers and corn.

Lettuce and other leaf crops thrive in the shade of taller plants in summer.

Tall crops often create shade in your garden, as well. Limit the shade they make by planting tall...

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