The bad news: it looks like the vertical growing pumpkin plant, the one that has pumpkins forming six feed in the air, seems to be possessed by those creatures from the fiery pits of hell: the squash vine borer. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
When I posted about the demonic beasties destroying one of the Sisters, I linked to a Wikipedia article about them. I noticed when I was initially looking at the article that some people were able to save their squash plants by burying lengths of the vine in different areas to encourage the plants to develop roots in other areas so the evil arthropods couldn't completely kill them. I decided it was worth a shot on my one Sister pumpkin that just seemed mostly dead. Sure enough it worked! The plant seemed to not even notice its infestation anymore!
Then, the other day, I noticed my favorite pumpkin had some tell-tale uckies around the stem base, indicating a likely problem. I fought the urge to call 911, since, even though it was a valid emergency in my gardener's mind, I didn't think they would agree. I was on my own. I wanted to try the same idea as what worked before, but how do you bury the vine in different spots on a vertically growing plant?
|1: "Cut a hole in a box"|
I cut a hole in a box and cut the box along the side so I wrap it around the stem, then duct taped it into place (is there anything duct tape can't do?). I filled it with soil and whispered a few encouraging words to the plant. Hopefully that will be enough. I guess only time will tell