We have been fighting squash bugs...along with a number of other insects...like crazy in our gardens this year. This is a major issue with natural gardening, especially in the south. Dylan decided to use row covers on our later season squash plants. This is a light weight fabric that is placed over the plants right after planting and completely covers the plants and protects them from insects until they flower. They are then removed in order to allow pollination. Row covers are very common in other parts of the country, but probably have been questioned here due to the heat. Many farmers in the south will use them for frost protection but have yet embraced them for insect protection.
He called around and couldn't find any light enough fabric locally, so ordered the row cover he needed online. He found a very light weight row cover and had it delivered to the farm. Kade has helped him put a few row covers on...but last week I had the pleasure of helping, as my mom was here to help with the babies.
We go out to the gardens and Dylan explains to me how this is going to work. He has this huge roll of gauze like material and says, "Just take the end and walk it down the row...then I'll cut it.". Okay. No big deal. Except that it's windy...and the row is like 75 feet long. It doesn't take long for the wind to catch the material and suddenly it's flying in the air like sailcloth. Dylan's laughing and telling me to hold on. I manage to say, "Could this actually carry us anywhere??!!!". He replies with , "probably". So we finally get the material cut and walk it over the row ...with much struggle (on my end, at least) as the wind is trying to take us to the moon. He then says that we need to cover the edges with dirt so it won't blow away. This also prevents any insects from getting under the row cover and damaging the plants. The soil was 150 degrees, at least..and I had my good jeans on. But I kicked off my flip flops and "dug in", literally. It was extremely difficult, and extremely hot.
We did 4 rows, total that day. And we didn't blow away. This is good.
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )