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Never did that one. I have taken to succession planting my squash and trying to keep them away from the main veggie bed and rotating their plot. Couldn't hurt to try the nasturtiums they will look good and are tasty too!
I've tried it a few times and all I got was pretty flowers. I still had squash bettles & vine borers. I have a nasty recipe that seems to be good at killing the bettles anyway. It involves naturally produced ammonia tho I do suppose the bottled kind would do just as well.
Last year I had much better luck by delaying my squash plantings until later in the season. (I waited a little too late and some of the slower-maturing fruit didn't ripen before frost, but what did produce did well enough I think I'll probably try a little of everything - nasturtiums, delayed planting, row covers and whatever else I can think of, lol.)
Yes, stuffed with ricotta and herbs w/tomato sauce YUM! You can buy them or figure out which ones are male and pick and stuff! You are bad to bring this up in Feb.!! Weez or Tom Cat...? No matter :-)) friends from DG whether you guys know it or not!
Thanks a lot Terry:) I went and looked up runza's and went right to the store for cabbage and frozen bread dough. I had heard of them but I don't think I have had one. They sound tasty. What recipe do you use?
Recipe? I never saw a recipe, I just watched my mom and grandma make them. Here's roughly the proportions
1 pound lean hamburger
1/2 head cabbage, sliced as for slaw (more or less, depending on the size of the head)
1-2 onions, diced fine (if it's a big onion, just one, if they're small, I'll use two or even three)
1 cup (give or take) of grated carrots
Salt and pepper to taste, maybe a little celery seed if I'm in the mood ;o)
Brown everything until the pink is gone from the meat; drain all fat.
I use a homemade white bread dough recipe, but any will do, including frozen. I roll it out pretty thin, cut into squares, add about a quarter- to third-cup of meat mixture, and bring all four corners up and seal the edges good, turn it over and place on a baking sheet. Bake until done - usually 15 minutes or so.
You can also add a slice of American cheese before the meat mixture for a cheesy runza. Not authentic, but pretty tasty! These also freeze pretty well, just let them thaw then gently heat back up in the oven or microwave for a quick meal or snack.
I'm always up for a new recipe! But as for companion planting- I don't have much faith in them being cures for bug problems. May help. I do have some plants for beneficials, in the veg garden (dill, anise hyssop, garlic chives )
I've made these a few times and we always liked them. Haven't made any in a long time tho. I just need to make the dough. I'm kind of on a low/slow carb diet so I may have to wait a few days because I made ww biscuits this morning. Sausage is good in them.
'Tis the season for carbs! I made a nice big batch of runzas on Wednesday, and used the second half of the bread dough to make a pan of sticky rolls, stuck 'em unbaked in the fridge overnight and baked yesterday morning - the smell of fresh cinnamon rolls can get your hardest sleepers to wake up in a hurry ;o)
I grew delicatas and several pumpkins including Jarrahdale last year. I knew I was pushing my luck on planting in late June, but I didn't have squash bug problems that have plagued me in the past. I think this year I'll aim for about 3 weeks earlier and hope I can foil the critters a second time. Nasturtiums will hold up in a "normal" summer, but if we get triple-digit temps, they can melt no matter how much water you put on them.
Nasturtium don't mind our hot days, but they aren't really very hot. If it hits 80 degrees here, we begin to wilt ourselves. We can grow summer squash in protected areas, but gourds, pumpkins, melons and winter squash are just not going to do well here. It's too chilly, too wet, and the season is too short. Though we can grow zukes outside, cukes have to go in the greenhouse. What are delicatas?
Your soup sounds wonderful on a cold Alaskan afternoon. I'm afraid, however, I'll have to buy squash soup at the deli, or buy winter squash at the produce section. All that wonderful produce from other spots in the US is one of the few things I miss.
Don't worry abut it Dyson. I think it's more expensive to ship within Alaskan that outside it. I have no idea why! A couple years ago, an old friend from Indiana brought up a suitcase full of sweet corn. They came over for dinner, so we had fresh sweet corn and deep fried halibut. I think we could have just put all the halibut on their plates and all the corn on ours, and no one would have complained!
Chuckle. If only we could economically ship all that extra summer squash (and cucumbers) - there's no telling how much is thrown away or allowed to rot on the vine because there's just too much for the average gardener to use. (And all his neighbors run and hide when they see him coming with a big grocery sack!)
Garrison Keiller once spoke of that in a monologue on Prairie Home Companion. As I recall, he said that the only reason to lock one's car in Minnesota was to prevent someone from leaving you a bushel of squash. Yes, we'd gladly take all of your extras! If I get 4 zukes per plant, I'm ashamedly emotional. If you give someone fresh garden produce here, they know it is a sacrifice, not an attempt to unload excess!
I've tried these companion plants with my squash & cukes to deter squash bugs, cuke beetles, &/or squash vine borers (svbs) & other pests: TANSY (Almost took over my garden, so I don't let it go to seed.), RADISHES, MARIGOLDS, CATNIP (attracts stray cats), & NASTURTIUMS. My companion planting guide lists nasturtiums to repel Colorado potato beetles, but list marigolds to deter "svbs". I can't say that it makes a difference, but I continue interplanting just in case. Maybe I'm attracting beneficials. I also disturb the soil around the plants & rub my fingers over the stems -- something that I read to keep the eggs from hatching. I caught an "svb" busy laying eggs in my garden one day & chased it down until I finally got a chance to squish it. Afterwards, I realized that I had been yelling stuff like "You're NOT getting my squash this year!" I just hope that the neighbors weren't paying attention. Are you having trouble with winter or summer squash. My butternuts aren't bothered by "svbs", but often succumb to squash bug infestation. The "svbs" really go for my summer squash, so this year I'm growing Zucchetta Rampicante. Has anyone tried injecting BTK into the stems or parastic nematodes?
One advantage to living in a moderate summer climate is that we don't seem to have many problems with insects on our veggies. Some cutworms, some root maggots, some thrips, some leaf miners... that's about it. However, for those problems, we have been known to use row cover when the insects are laying eggs or feeding, etc. The row cover allows light and moisture, but keeps the insects away.
I tried floating row covers, but as soon as I removed them the pests moved in. I don't have a problem early on. The pests attack my plants while the fruit are developing. A nearby pumpkin farm could be attracting some of these pests to the area. They probably use pesticides which is something I try to avoid. I do use rotenone when the cuke beetles get really bad. For the squash bugs, I squash them and destroy their eggs. It takes diligence to keep these pests from overtaking my small vegie garden. I tried Surround @ Home crop protectant & it worked, but kept clogging my sprayer. I think that I'll give it another try this summer by mixing it up in a smaller sprayer. All my other crops are pretty much pest free. Do you plant in rows? I plant in 5' x 5' & 4' x 4' beds. I also grow cukes, pole beans, tomatoes, peas, & winter squash vertically on welded wire trellises. The pests have a more difficult time hiding. I've read some amazing success stories written by Alaska gardeners. You already have my respect.
I don't know if you are still checking this thread, but I put nasturtiums in my squash hills last year, and radishes in my cucumber hills. Not all the nasturtiums came up, but the hills did grow in were the last to be attacked by the bugs. the cucs did a little better too. Silly, but true, My husband and I took a shop vac out to the garden and vaccumed up the squash bugs. It went more quickly than hand pulling so we got more bugs-you know how they all start to run away when you start rifling through the leaves to get 'em, well we just sucked 'em up.
I was thinking about the vacuum thing too. Maybe the hand held one they advertise to suck up bugs in your house. My garden is too far away to run extension cords for the shop vac. Although if things get out of hand...
Hmmmm. I got a shop vac for my birthday (yes, it really is just what I wanted!) and this bug-sucking trick sounds like yet another perfect use for it. Got any advice on technique for getting the bugs without damaging the plants?
(Great diagram, Dyson! The bugs do seem that big - at least in "menace factor"!)
I have a Red Devil hand vac. Looks like I'll also be sucking up squash bugs this summer. I'll just have to watch out for the good guys. Thanks!
My daughter brought home a toad the other night that was sitting outside the door on the parking lot where she works. He now resides in my garden with all the necessary toadie accomodations. Hopefully, Toadie will also help out with the pests.