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Steve Mills

Garden Gleanings - Next garden club meeting this Friday

Posted Monday, June 16, 2008, at 10:02 PM
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  • Hey Steve! Sorry I have been MIA! Being pregnant is really exausting! I know once I leave the 1st trimester I'll feel better, but WOO! This pregnancy is kicking my tushy!

    My garden is doing great! We have eatten our first pickin's of squash, green beans,and banana peppers. My squash is trying to take over my whole garden even though I gave them plenty of their own space. I have to go out there every day and trim back the huge leaves so my pepers can breathe! Also, most of my squash start rotting at a very little size. I have only gotton two decent size squash out of all the plants, and everything else seems to fall off and rot. Any suggestions or does it just do that when the plants first start bearing veggis?

    -- Posted by Mary on Mon, Jun 16, 2008, at 11:39 PM
  • The garden sounds GREAT Mary.

    The first suspect is lack of pollination if they never seem to start growing. It has been dry enough lately that I would not suspect rot unless you are watering a lot, or watering late in the day and they are staying wet overnight.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 17, 2008, at 7:42 AM
  • Mary,

    While blossom end rot is usually discussed for tomatoes and eggplants, I research and found where melons and therefore possibly squash can be affected.

    This link has more than you ever wanted to know about the subject and opened my eyes on a few possibilites. http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/horticulture/blossom-rot.html

    By the way, many of my early zukes had the same issue, so you are not alone.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jun 17, 2008, at 7:49 AM
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