Win the War Against the Squash Vine Borer with Resistant Varieties!

If you’re anything like me, then you understand the struggle of dealing with the dreaded Squash Vine Borer (SVB). This pest has been my arch-nemesis ever since I started growing my own food. But fear not, my friends, for I have discovered the secret weapon to defeat this relentless foe: resistant squash varieties. Oh yes, it’s time to show the SVB who’s boss!

Zucchino Rampicante Squash

Let me introduce you to my all-time favorite squash variety: the Zucchino Rampicante Squash. This squash is no joke, folks. It’s a beast that thrives when grown on a trellis. Last year, I had great success with it on my tunnel trellis. And let me tell you, it can grow straight down when given the chance. Just be prepared for some curious looks from your neighbors when they see your front yard garden resembling a plus sign!

But here’s the thing about this squash: it starts off slow and then suddenly takes off like a rocket. So, my advice is to start it early and plant other fast-growing varieties elsewhere in your garden. That way, you’ll have a constant supply of food as the other plants fade away and this one ramps up. Plus, the seeds are conveniently located in the little bulb at the end, so you won’t have to bother with separate seed-saving efforts.

And here’s a neat fact – this squash is both a summer squash and a winter squash. You can enjoy it like zucchini when it’s young, or leave it on the vine longer and store it in a cool place to use like a butternut squash. Talk about versatility!

Tatume Squash

Another fantastic option is the Tatume Squash. This little workhorse is a gardener’s dream, especially in urban gardens where space is limited. It’s easy to train it to grow up on a trellis, saving you precious ground space. Plus, it’s resistant to the squash vine borer, so you can say goodbye to those pesky pests.

Desi Squash, Eight Ball Squash, Poquito Squash

Now, let’s talk about some real game-changers – the Desi Squash, Eight Ball Squash, and Poquito Squash. These round orbs of deliciousness will make you forget all about traditional yellow squash and zucchini. Not only are they resistant to the squash vine borer, but they also offer a unique and mouthwatering flavor. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Please note that the latter two varieties are hybrids, so you won’t be able to save seeds from them and expect the same results next year. Nevertheless, they are still a fantastic choice if you’re looking for both resistance to SVB and culinary delight.

Cucuzzi (Zuchetta, Guinea Bean) Edible Gourd

Finally, there’s one more variety that I’m currently testing out: the Cucuzzi Edible Gourd. While it shows promise, it’s important to pick them when they’re very young to avoid dealing with an abundance of seeds. However, once it takes off, it becomes extremely prolific and, best of all, resistant to the squash vine borer. I’m excited to experiment with it in my cooking this year, and I invite you to do the same!

I hope you’ll consider growing some of these resistant squash varieties this year and join me in the battle against the squash vine borer. Remember, it takes a village to win this war. And most importantly, may your garden yield an abundance of food for you and your family this summer season!

Happy veggie growing,