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Squash vine borers are native to the eastern US, and by this time of the year, they’re munching on our plants and causing damage. Squash vine borers are different from squash bugs, by the way.

Squash Vine Borer

The telltale signs of an infected plant: rotten stem, sawdust-like substance, and/or wilting leaves. Check the base of the stem. If it looks rotten or hollow or you see a sawdust-like substance, act quickly. If your squash leaves are also wilting, it might be too late to save the plant.

The adult moth resembles a wasp, and here in Georgia, has two broods a year, laying its eggs at the base of the stem. The egg hatches and then the larvae bores itself into the stem. The sawdust-like substance is actually waste from the larvae. The larvae, after doing a number to your squash vine, burrows itself into the soil and pupates the next spring, restarting the cycle.


Adult Moth

How to save an infected plant: Slit the stem with a sharp knife and pull the larvae out. Cover the damaged area with plenty of soil to encourage root growth and keep it moist. With a little luck, the squash plant will perk up.

What to do with the larvae: Squish the sucker, but if you can’t stomach that, drop it inside a birdhouse. If you drop it into the soil, it will overwinter and pupate next year.

How to discourage squash vine borers:

  • Till the soil to expose overwintered larvae.
  • Rotate crops.
  • Wrap the base of the stem with pantyhose or foil to prevent egg laying.

Further reading:

  • Clemson Extension (Disregard any non-organic recommendations! But they have great pictures and descriptions.)
  • ATTRA (Organic recommendations!)
Do you have squash vine borers in your garden?

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Our garden is getting national attention! The American Community Garden Association is holding its national conference in Atlanta this year, and they’ve selected our garden, from more than 150 metro gardens, as a stop on their community garden tour on Saturday, August 7th. This is quite an honor. Let’s show off.

Please help out by freshening up your garden plot and paths before the tour. Things you can do: mulch the paths around your bed, weed your plot, replace spent crops with new plantings, and personalize your plot with a garden sign or art.

Do you want some company while you tidy up? Join us:

Garden Gathering
Saturday, July 31
8:00 am – 10:00 am

We also need some help with the communal areas!

Our super-star volunteers have been extremely busy: Bob Lundsten has tirelessly mulched the main paths, Karen Converse is keeping the ornamental gardens looking beautiful, Pattie Baker tends nearly ten charity beds weekly, and many more members than I can name have been helping out.

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We’re looking forward to participating in a Dunwoody parks master planning process. We plan to advocate not only for a presence of our existing garden in the Brook Run plan, but also advocate for the five enhancements that we proposed in our community garden master plan.

  • Vegetable Grow-Space Expansion Area
  • ADA Accessible Beds
  • Linear Orchard
  • Bridge-to-Bridge Woodland Path
  • Greenhouses

Why a Dunwoody parks master plan? Dunwoody recently purchased Brook Run Park and other city parks from DeKalb County, and new ownership often means new ideas.

When will the master plan process begin? After city council gives the thumbs up and allocates funds for it. The topic is on Monday night’s agenda.

What was the original plan for Brook Run? Click here.

Where is our garden located in the original plan? Our garden is located across from the Nature Education Center and near the Picnic Meadow in the space indicated as a parking lot. The original plan does not include a community garden.

Got ideas to share? Email us and/or email our the city council.

UPDATE: The Dunwoody city council has approved the parks master planning process to move forward immediately. Public meetings will be announced in the coming weeks, and we will have an opportunity to contribute our ideas, not just for our garden or Brook Run, but for all parks in Dunwoody.

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Consider contacting our mayor and council members to voice support for our community garden and its master plan.

Click here to view the complete master plan: Dunwoody_Community_Garden_Master_Plan-1

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This week we donated 58 pounds to the food pantry.

Donations came from the home gardens of Scott and Mary, Joe, Sally and Van, and Stacey; from the community garden beds of Ashley, Ann, and Lisa; from our dedicated food pantry beds; and from the Georgetown Community Garden, the newest volunteer-run community garden in the City of Dunwoody.

This week’s donated value: $287.50

We’ve donated 318 pounds of organically-grown local produce so far this year. We have provided a donated value just shy of $2,000.

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Give or take a last-minute pound or two, we donated 38 pounds this week to Malachi’s food pantry.  This puts us at a total of 236 pounds donated in 2010.

Here’s a sampling of what we donated:

  • Bucketful of zucchini
  • Handfuls of herbs
  • Several tomatoes and peppers
  • Loads of beans
  • Cucumbers galore
  • And much more!


Thanks to the many members who donated this week from their personal plots and home gardens!

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A Portion of Today's Donation

This week’s donation was well over 13 pounds. Here’s what was harvested for Malachi’s:

  • Tomatoes (Thanks, Kathy, for nearly 5 pounds!)
  • Cucumbers (Thanks, Amy and Kristin!)
  • The first hot pepper
  • Yellow squash (Thanks, Kristin!)
  • Basil
  • Mixed herbs, including lemon balm, mint, oregano, curry herb, Thai basil, lemon thyme, and tarragon (Thanks, Pattie!)
  • Greens, including salad mix, chard, kale (Thanks, Sally & Van!)
  • Beets


If you are going on vacation, have an ample harvest, or just want to share, please let us know. Sign up on the sheet inside the mailbox or email us. Indicate what veggies and how much to harvest from your plot.

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