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National Sneak Squash onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Day!!

August 8, 2011

Thanks to my produce-loving sister, I have been informed that today is national Sneak Squash onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day, begun apparently by a Pennsylvanian named Tom Roy (according to allrecipes.com) some time ago to alleviate us all from our rampant squash plants this time of year.

I’m betting, however, that this guy did not live in Philadelphia, a city notorious for our menacing squash vine borers. Squash borers are a type of moth that lays its eggs at the base of the leaf, and from there the larva feed inside the leaf stem, and eventually take over the main stalk of the plant. If you’ve ever come to your squash plant this time of year and found that the whole plant just breaks out of the ground, featuring frothy goo at the base, the squash borer is your culprit! You may also see evidence of the borer when your first little squash fruit refuse to mature.

photos from wikipedia

This pest has kept many Philly growers from growing squash for decades. So on this day named for sharing squash, try sharing your tomatoes, cucumbers or peppers with your neighbors instead! And if you can stealthfully surprise them with your gift, all the better!

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  1. August 9, 2011 9:22 am

    Gross! >-P I feel lucky I haven’t met those bugs yet. Only problem I have is when my squash fruits grow too big, so I’ll see if I can import the squash sneaking idea into Europe 😉 (Check out this mother: http://happyfarming.com/2008/07/28/monster-squash/ )

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