The beautiful foliage that looked like this just last week...
...now looks like this.
We sprayed with a homemade pesticide, but it just made the thing worse.
Our once healthy butternuts...
...now look like this...
This looks like a harmless little hole, but it means the worms have dug in and laid eggs. Every vegetable has holes.
We have one remaining cucumber, and it looks like this...
The tip of it is brown and shriveled, so I suspect it will not be good, but we're letting it grow...see what it does.
My husband whacked open a few squash and cucumbers to see how infested they were. The holes burrowed deep into the flesh, sometimes out the other side.
We are very sad and discouraged. Our daughter worked so hard tending to this little patch of earth.
We're debating what to do. Is it worth clipping off all the bad growth and hoping for new sprouts? Or, is the entire garden ruined for good? If we remove the dying growth, how do we keep worms from attacking again? Did we spray for bug/worms too late? WHAT HAPPENED?!
I have no idea what the tomato and watermelon plants will now do. They did not have any fruit yet, so maybe they will still produce. I'm afraid the cuke/squash trauma will spread and wipe out any hope of more produce of any kind. It's heartbreaking to see such ruination.
I have such an appreciation for farmers. And, sadly, a new appreciation for pesticides.
If any gardeners out there have suggestions for us on how to proceed, we would be so grateful.
Here's hoping God will work His magic on our dying garden. Only He can resurrect anything.