I have recently planted a raised 12 x 12 garden with your typical summer vegetables. I have lots of blossoms on my young crookneck and zucchini, but they seem to be all males. Why is that? I live in Houston, Tx and it has gotten very hot quickly and we also have had no rain in 90 plus days, so Im watering daily. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
This is a normal process. Early in the growing season squash plants tend to produce more male blossoms than female blossoms. Since there are no female blossoms for the male plant to pollinate, the male blossoms simply fall off the vine. Your squash vine will eventually produce a more even mix of female and male blossoms. The male blossoms will still fall off the vine but the female blossoms will grow into squash. Be patient.
My yellow crook-necked squash plants look great, but when the flower opens, they look like they are wilting. Is this a problem or are they suppose to look that way?
Wilting or dropping of blossoms is usually due to poor pollination or an over abundance of males. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/squash-blossoms-falling-off-vine.htm
In our little backyard garden, our yellow crooked neck squash are dying. It appears to be occuring at the base of the plant. The plants have gone from a beautiful green and yielding good squash to wilting and dying.
Went to the garden today and found many beetles on my vines. They look as though they are mating. They look like they are connected from rear end to rear end? They are over many leaves, the top and under sides of the leaves. Haven't seen them before today and the squash is now ready to start picking. I'd like to know what I should do and where to start.
Yes, they are mating but without knowing which beetles they are, I cannot say if they pose a threat to the plant itself when they lay their eggs.
That being said, the fruit is safe to eat. just make sure you wash it, as you should be doing anyway regardless.
An insecticide should take care of the bugs for the time being as well.
I have lots of squash but they only get about 2 to 3 inches and then they look like they are dried out.
Generally, this is due to poor pollination. Squash will produce fruits even if no pollination has occurred, but they will only grow to only a few inches and then die. This can easily be corrected by growing bright-colored flowers (like marigolds or zinnias) close by to entice bees to the area. You could also hand pollinate them. These articles should help:
Too much fruit set can also lead to small fruit size as well. In addition, a lack of water can decrease the size of your squash.
My squash plants are huge, and there are many large flowers, but the squash don't get any larger than 3 or 4 inches and don't mature. The fruits form quickly, but then stop growing. This is the first time I have grown them. They are in a sunny location and I water them often.
It is a pollination issue. These articles will help:
Our yellow crook neck squash starts to grow and then stops and shrivels up.
This article should help you with that: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/squash-fruit-falling-off-the-plant.htm