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Hubbard Squash And The Borer

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The great difficulty in raising the best Irinds of squashes is in dealing with the squash borer. A correspondent of The Country Gentleman, who had tried paris green without avail, has had success with the following plan in raising Hub bard squashes: "The inoth that lays the eggs that produce the borers appear about June 20. The eggs are deposited at that time and f or a ïnonth later, on the vine or near the ground, and they tiatch in about ten days, and the borers at once begin to eat into the vine and pursue their bidden way along the center of the vine, growing as they eat, and when the vine has grown several feet in length and has set fruit in abundance the leaves begin to wilt, signs of death appear, and all one's labor goes for naught. "The rernedy is. as soon as the eggs are first deposited. and once a week thereafter. visit every vine, carefully lift it and rub the part frojn the ground nward three or four inehes with the tingers, and all the eggs wil] be easily crushed. This can be done very rapidly, and if done with care it is a sure reinedy Sometimes later in the season. rül near the end of July, eggs may be depositad at the joints of the vine. These shoniil be looked ttfter. The ground tbr Bquaafi es should be very rich as far as oue expects the vines to run, and should be kept free from weeds so long as it can be done without disturbing the vines. If this is done roots will strike down at every joint and send out an abundance of fibrous roots that will support the plant when it has been entirely cut off at the surface where the seed was planted. Last season I raised twenty good, ripe squashes from a single vine."


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