When crooked neck squash are green in color instead of yellow, are they harmful if eaten? Also, how do you tell when watermelons are ripe? I have some that sound hollow when thumped, but when we cut them they are not ripe.
You can eat green yellow squash without any harmful effects.
The watermelon should not only sound hollow, but should have a very light, almost white spot on the bottom where it was on the ground. If this is still green like the rest of the melon, it is not yet ripe. This article has further information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/watermelon/pick-a-watermelon.htm
I planted yellow crooked-neck squash, now the plants are big and with few squash but they are turning green, why? Do I need to do something?
They may have been mislabled or the seed breeder accidentally let the seeds cross with another squash. They should still taste the same.
I am new to gardening so please bear with me. I understand I'm late; however, I started this past weekend getting my veggies to plant in my garden (normally I only grow tomatoes). I live in the Dallas, Ft worth area. In addition to plants, I had to get "dirt" and my husband built a raised bed. I have several pots as well. While picking out what I wanted to plant, I met a couple that said they plant every year and told me what they thought was best to purchase. My plants consist of crookneck squash, zucchini, cucumber, 4 tomato plants, green bell pepper, and cantaloupe. My seeds consist of watermelon, corn, and carrots. I purchased potting "mix", organic soil conditioner and liquid fish emulsion. Now I need to get these in the ground, so do I just plant everything in potting mix only or do I mix soil conditioner w/ potting mix, or fish emulsion or wait and add later? I just need to get them planted. I would like them to be planted this evening it the "dirt" is most important so I need to make sure I start off right. How do I get this going?
Yes, you can mix all these together.
I recently planted some crook neck squash next to my house. I have a concrete foundation. My squash plants are large and full of blooms. However, my tiny squash are falling off. I read several articles and found that maybe my flowers did not polinate and I may have to do this by hand. That's no problem, but does being planted near the concrete pose a problem with alkaline? If so, what can I do?
It should not cause a problem, especially if it is an established (i.e. more than 1-2 years old) foundation. The issue is far more likely a pollination issue.
While you can hand pollinate, you may want to invest time in creating a pollinator garden so that you don't have to put in the extra effort of hand pollinating. This article will help:
Why are our yellow crooked neck squash hard and bumpy instead of smooth and tender?
You may have gotten mislabled seeds. There is a variety of yellow crookneck that grows this way and it is pretty common. It does not affect the flavor and is not harmful. Just a slightly different variety from what you are use to.
I have healthy looking squash plants (zucchini, crookneck and spaghetti) but they do not produce squash. They just grow and grow. They flower but no produce.
This is typical behavior for a squash plant. They will produce mostly male (non-fruiting) blossoms early in the season, which fall off, and will gradually start to produce more female blossoms as the season progresses. Give it some time and you will see it start fruiting. Here is how to tell a male from a female blossom:
If you are seeing fruit but they are falling off, this article will help:
I live in Zone 9 (I think) and my squash is shrivelling up before it is ready to be picked. My neighbor is having the exact same problem with her squash. She bought her plants and I grew mine from seed. Can't figure out why they won't grow. Any ideas? I live in Santa Rosa, CA, about 60 miles north/east of San Francisco. Just the crooked neck is doing this. I have some yellow squash next to it that is absolutely thriving and producing lots of squash.
Normally, this can be attributed to poor pollination. However, since you have other squash growing and producing just fine, I'm at a loss. If you are at least getting blossoms on the plant, then you can try hand pollinating this plant. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm