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Post  Roseinarosecity on 5/15/2018, 9:48 pm

Today I read this and I thought I would share.

"Interplant cucumbers and beans to repel cucumbers beetles and prevent the wilt diseases they carry. Also plant Cucurbita lagenaria gourds as trap plants for cucumber beetles. Plant potatoes to repel squash bugs." from Gardeninginla blog, written by Master Gardener, Yvonne Savio.  She worked in the Botany and Vegetable Crops Cooperative Extension Departments at the University of California, Davis.

I'm not planting cucumbers this year but I am planting watermelon, in the Cucurbit family.  I'm going to try it.  Has anyone given this a try? 

A couple of years ago I had Cucumber beetles in my cucumbers and last year they were in my watermelon.
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Post  sanderson on 5/16/2018, 3:57 am

Cucumber beetles? I didn't know there were any in CA.

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Post  Roseinarosecity on 5/16/2018, 1:51 pm

Oh, yes, we have them.  The first time I encountered a few were at the parking lot of the Santa Rosa Heirloom Festival.  I thought, "oh what a cute lady bug with an unusual color."  My sister said it wasn't a ladybug but a cucumber beetle.

I have had them in my Armenian cucumbers, so I stop planting them.
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Post  Roseinarosecity on 7/16/2018, 6:56 pm

So far, I have not seen any cucumber beetles in my garden.  But, I had to remove my Pencil Pod bush beans because I started to get spots in the leaves and I suspected spider mites.  My watermelons are not interplanted with these beans. Those beans are still healthy. 

Our temperatures are now above 90 degrees F and the flowers were falling off. It also had lots of small holes.





I planted in mid-May so I got quite a few yellow beans and I made Dilly Beans.  Here's one of my three containers:
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Post  sanderson on 7/17/2018, 3:34 am

Your dilly beans look so good. I finally gave in with the spider mites and lightly sprayed all the beans. They were at the stage of putting out new laterals and, by golly, I want more beans.

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