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  •  They didn't set fruit (1+ / 0-)
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    GreenMother

    In one case I had patty pan squash, and found out way too late that I had a squash borer.  The plant looked perfectly beautiful and then one day just keeled over.  I got 2 undersized fruits from that one.

    I have tried summer squash and zucchini  a few years back too, and they just didn't grow well.  Summers here may be too cool or short?  Although cukes are prolific.  So I am not sure what the problem is.

    I also have difficulty with eggplant.  I get a nice bushy plant with only a couple of fruit that seem stunted.

    I have never tested my soil, so I think that I should do that before planting anything this year.  In the past I have added compost each year, but never checked the pH.  

    I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

    by DamselleFly on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 12:23:20 PM PST

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    •  Some thoughts for you on this matter (1+ / 0-)
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      DamselleFly

      1. Get your soil tested and make sure you are not missing a major nutrient or two.

      2. If you have short cool summers, you need to start these plants inside sooner so that they are more mature when you put them in the ground.

      3. You need a protected bed with Southern Exposure, and I would use black plastic to mulch the bed, and cut a cross in the plastic so you can plant the squash plants in that cut plastic, in the dirt. The black plastic will gather and retain solar radiation, which means it keeps the squash warmer. However--be aware that some pests might hide under this black plastic sheet.

      OR

      You could mulch your squash plants with pea gravel, about a 1/2 inch deep. This will keep them warm in much the same way as black plastic sheeting, you can scoop the gravel up in an old colander when the season is done and keep it in a plastic jug or some kind of container to use next season, just be sure and wash it with soapy water, so to prevent the spread of plant diseases.

      4.Visit this link and scroll down for the advice on Squash Borers

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