Gloves for squishing
Scissors for cutting away the dead/shriveled stuff - and chopping any squash bugs if I saw them
& my secret weapon....
For sucking those little buggers right off the leaves! It was satisfying watching them swirl around in the hurricane inside since the bottom is see through. Then I dumped them out into a bucket of soapy water.
I found some surprise squash hiding behind all of the out of control vines and ground cover. Yep, I finally pulled that stuff out and now I can walk behind those beds again. Here's the one that I didn't even know existed....
Here's the original first bloom that is still hanging on
Then, while I was busy vacuuming bugs I saw some movement in the other squash box. There was a little bird perched on the stalk/vine of one of the squash leaves. I thought to myself...I hope it eats some squash bugs! Well he hopped up the vine and started tilting his head this way and that, then he attacked and I saw a green worm go down that beak!! That bird is my new best friend!! LOL. He hopped from leaf to leaf, but I couldn't see what else he was catching. I ran in and grabbed the camera for a pic. Had to be quick, but I caught him :)
Oh, and the purple beans are coming in!!