Squash Beetles on a Spaghetti Squash

Handling the Squash Beetles

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If you remember a week or so ago I mentioned that our squash plants were being devoured by squash beetles. After some more research, Dad Sprayed the plants down with the Neem Oil mixed with a little dish soap. The dish soap helps the oil to adhere to the plant and kills the beetles. The next afternoon we went out and harvested the last of the squash.

Squash Beetles on a Spaghetti Squash

We’re going to leave the vines up another week so Dad can continue to spray them and hopefully rid the garden of the beetles before we pull the plants out and throw them away. Some of the plants that were hit with the squash beetles succumbed to them and died. But some were able to still produce fruit!

Considering our battle with the squash beetles we ended up with a pretty good harvest! 😀

We got several zucchini that we were able to eat fresh, a few that we could give away, and a few bags of shredded zucchini that we stashed in the freezer for use over the Winter. We got a couple of tiny Butternut Squash (aren’t they just adorable?). Enough Spaghetti Squash for a meal and several little cooking pumpkins that we’ll process for pumpkin pie.

The Squash Beetle infestation reminds me of what Jesus says in John 15. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”

The interesting thing is that the Squash Beetles actually attack the vine, not the fruit. So it makes me wonder, what beetles of life are we allowing swarm around our lifeline and cause damage to our relationship with Christ?

Until next time,

Bailey Sue