by Texas Homesteader~
My garden has really had an uphill struggle this year. The month-long torrential flooding rainfall NE Texas received washed out my garden necessitating that I replant it… TWICE! But finally blue skies have returned to our great state and I’m giving the garden yet another go. I’ve been replanting seeds & lovingly tending to the few survivor plants – I was so excited to see a spaghetti squash plant had survived!
As I tenderly removed the encroaching grass & weeds from around this tiny fragile plant I was horrified to see those dreaded coppery-colored eggs on the underside of the leaves and a scurry of the most vile almost undefeatable foe in any garden… Squash Bugs! Ugh. I’ll not let them take what little garden I’ve had survive this year, I WON’T!
But squash bugs are notoriously difficult to control, the only sure way is to remove all eggs and also both adult and nymph bugs by hand.
Today’s Homestead Hack is timely. Use what ya got!
So when I saw the dreaded squash bugs and their eggs I vowed that I wasn’t going down without a fight. It’s almost impossible to get rid of squash bugs and they can decimate your garden overnight so I sprung into action using this tried-n-true homestead hack.
Low-Impact Squash Bug Control
I took a wide-mouth bottle and put a little water in the bottom of it. Then with my gloved hand I pulled each squash bug I found on my plant and dropped it into my bottle of water which makes quick work of those squash bugs. Buh-BYE!
I also tore off any portion of any leaf that had those coppery-colored eggs and placed it in the bottle as well. I’ve heard you can just scrape off the eggs but I’ve always worried that they would just hatch on the ground instead of on the plant and I don’t want to take any chances!
Then I just screwed the lid back on and tucked this bottle away next to my garden since I’m sure it will be needed daily for the next several days.
So there ya go – today’s Homestead Hack. It’s effective, it’s low-impact, it’s repurposing, it’s organic and it’s using what ya got!
My Favorite Garden Hacks
- Easy Garden Planning Spreadsheet
- Getting A Jump: Planting An Indoor Greenhouse
- Repurposed Cardboard Seed-Starting Pots
- 3-Sister’s Garden – The Original Companion Planting
- Low-Cost Vegetable Gardening
- Planting A Large Galvanized Trough
- Using Cheap Biodegradable Weed Block
- Tricking Birds AWAY From Your Strawberry Plants
- Easy Compost For A Healthy Garden
- Propping Tender Seedlings
- Cheap (or FREE) Wood Mulch For The Garden
- Homestead Hack: Remember Where You Planted Seeds
- How Vegetable Gardening Can Change Your Life!
- Easy Deep-Soak Watering
- Planting Potatoes In Galvanized Trough
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