You may recall my educational, if strongly-worded, post about the dreaded squash vine borer in July. In it I discussed how to identify the eggs for removal, excise any worms from hatched eggs, and how to encourage healing of the plants once the damage was done. It's this last part that I wanted to provide an update on. Here's a reprint of a 'sad' zucchini plant after some worm damage:
Here's the same plant, photo taken this week:
Not bad, eh? Even though this is the stem:
Here's another of my resuscitated plants - note the new growth with potential fruiting:
Now, I really don't know whether the all the nurturing I've been giving my poor zucchini will bear fruit, but I will say that normally by this time each year all my zukes have gone the way of the, well, rotting, torn-stem, fungus-riddled wayside. I'm just thrilled that I still have 4 plants left, and they're all flowering!
Wish me luck. Now if I can just figure out what happened to my winter squash this year...