My row covers worked, and I was victorious! I grew zucchinis organically for the first time ever. Had I known I would succeed, I would have planted yellow squash as well. Unfortunately the row cover was a cheap Ikea window panel I had on hand. Eventually the plants outgrew the area the panel could cover and I managed to rip quite a few holes in it, so I had to discard them after a few months. And, I saw a few borers on the plants after I removed the covers, so I wasn't 100% successful. But, I got squash for two months or so and I consider that a win. I'll have to do something better for next year in terms of a row cover, but I'm encouraged.
And, not only did I get zucchini, but just last week I noticed these sweet babies interspersed in my butternut squash bed. It must be a volunteer from last year. It's a zucchino rampicante, also know as a trombone squash. It's supposed to be vine borer resistant, but it isn't in my garden. I'm thinking maybe a seed I planted didn't germinate until now. Who knows? I'm hoping to harvest a few of these before it gets too cold, and I think I've passed the vine borer season at this point in the year.
Happy that we were getting squash daily, I was crowing about my victory one day on Facebook. A friend of mine who produces an Earth-friendly video series for the local magazine asked if he could film a video on my battle. And, being the introvert I am, I agreed. I actually am an introvert, so this was incredibly out of character for me. Regardless, here I am in all of my glory!