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Squash harvest 2012

When I first started gardening here in SE Washington, I was super excited to grow all kinds of winter squash. We moved from 7,000 ft gardening in Colorado, where winter squash had been VERY hard to grow. I couldn’t wait to grow delicata and spaghetti squash and Cinderella pumpkins and butternut. That first year, my squash did pretty well. And I saw this insect on one of my pie pumpkins and didn’t think much of it. I’m a live and let live girl, and so if I don’t see obvious damage, I don’t tend to destroy all insects.

Squash Bug Nymph in my garden – 2012
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Jennifer Kleffner

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