Not one to shy away from sharing nasty pictures with you, here are my latest pest discoveries. The first are slugs. After growing cabbage and watching it sit in the garden and contemplating sending it straight to the compost, I needed another vegetable for the sautée we were fixing for lunch guests. I picked every last bean,two small squashes and several green onions, so I thought, "Why not the cabbage?" It was ready and basically flavorless. After I peeled back a couple leaves, I found these juicy guys. YUCK. I kept on peeling until there were no more slugs then washed it all very well.
Of course, in order to keep getting lovely zucchini, I have to deal with these pests. I have not figured out how to prevent squash vine borers, and the moths that lay the eggs are hard to catch. Whenever I see a small hole with cornmeal looking stuff coming out of it (borer excrement), I use a metal grill skewer and a paring knife to open the vine at the hole and pull out the borers and squish them. The holes are usually at the junction of the leaves and the main vine, but they really crop up anywhere I then lay the vine on its side and cover it with soil just pat the excision mark.
Last but not least, the salad! I used a mix of garden lettuce and store bought Romaine. Check out the borage blossom garnish.