You may recall a few weeks ago I optimistically, fingers-crossed, hoped that putting faded marigold flowers that resulted from deadheading around cucurbit plants would eliminate or at least reduce the amount of squash bug and borer damage. (See the “Will it Work?” post.) The fact that the squash plants were already growing amid the happy marigold plants probably should have been a clue. When I returned from vacation, here’s the early planted melon and squash vines’ appearance: All of the melon and squash vines, plus one planting of cucumbers were totally dead, whether they had marigold blooms piled on and round their bases or not. The watermelon and 2nd cucumber plantings look okay so far, and I’ll be watching them carefully now that I’m back, for those nasty squash bugs and borers. Meanwhile, all the offensive dead vines have been removed (but NOT put in the compost bins) and the undersides of young squash and melon plants sprayed with neem oil. Drats! I’d really, really hoped piles of marigolds would make a difference. Sigh!