Summer Squash Plants

Pest or Disease?

Jilly Bean added on July 20, 2012 | Answered

Recently I noticed that my summer squash and bell pepper plants, along with a few tomatoes, have either been attacked by a pest or a disease. I am unsure of which, and I am unaware of the best way to prevent any additonal fruit from dying/decaying. The peppers look as though they had a bite taken out of them, then they started to rot. Or it can look as though it just rotted/has become moldy. Some fruit will fall off of the plant where others remain attached. The summer squash has no holes, only looks as though it has a disease, or became moldy. We have noticed the plant stems are hollow. The kicker is that I have seen no bugs on either plant. Only a few bunnies have entered the garden - who have eaten all of my romaine plants. :( I am in need of guidance on identifying what is going on in my garden as well as how to prevent any further damage and loss. Thanks!

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Answered on July 28, 2012

On the peppers, that is damage caused by slugs. They only come out at night, so you would not see them. This article will help:

The stems on squash are naturally hollow, so that is not a problem. What it sounds like you have on those is powdery mildew. This article will help:

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