How often should I water crooked neck squash? I live in Montgomery, AL and soil type is a clay mix.
Most vegetables need at least 2 inches of water each week. With clay soil, however, it is better to amend it with compost or similar organic matter to improve its drainage capacity. Then you can try watering 1-2 times a week for long periods of time, say at least 20 minutes. This will make sure the water gets down deeper and will not evaporate quickly. This article will help with improving your clay soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/how-to-improve-clay-soil.htm
This is our first year planting a garden and we've done so in a raised bed garden. Our Crookneck squash are turning dark yellow/orange and getting knotty WAY before they reach a mature size. What are we doing wrong?
A yellow crookneck squash that is dark yellow/orange and knotty is way past mature. Pick while pale yellow for best texture and flavor. Some varieties will show bumps/knots/warts, others are smooth skinned. I harvest yellow squash at 5''. This article might help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/when-to-harvest-squash-best-time-to-pick-winter-or-summer-squash.htm
Can you plant zucchini and crook necked squash in the same garden, and should you avoid planting squash and cucumbers in the same garden?
You can plant all of these in the same garden. Some people who collect seeds do not plant them together so that they do not cross pollinate and affect the seeds they plan to harvest, but if you are not planning on saving seeds, there is not problem with planting them together.
Have zucchini and yellow crookneck squash. They will set fruit but the blooms on the ends of the fruit are dying and falling off before the fruit gets very large and matures. Water regularly, have used NO chemicals, fertilize with worm castings and composted alpaca poop. Temps have been about 10 degrees or so above normal (upper 80's to low 90's) but plants are shaded by trees starting about mid afternoon, usually 2:30 to 3:00pm. Get full son until that time. Have seen no squash bugs or other pests - mulched with eucalyptus. Hope you have some suggestions. Was too hot last summer and got very little squash.
My yellow crookneck squash plants are beautiful and deep green (stems and leaves). After a bud opens into a nice bloom, they fall off and there is no fruit. The blooms simply wilt normally (I think) with no appearance of any rot. Any ideas? Thanks.
It sounds like a pollination problem. These articles will help:
I am growing crookneck, straightneck and zucchini squash. Planted about 3 weeks ago in good topsoil raised garden bed. Plants are about 15-18 inches wide and all are blooming. My problem is all are bearing only male blossoms. What is my problem and how can I correct it? Thank you.
Generally, they will produce mostly male (non-fruiting) blossoms early in the season, which die 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.
Yellow bumpy squash with crooked neck. I believe grew back but it is not bumpy and looks like a zucchini except it is school bus yellow and I did not grow zucchini last year so I was wondering if it is edible?
This is not unusual. A plant may have cross pollinated growing a completely different type then you had in the garden the year previous.
Your fruit is completely edible.
Here is a link that can help explain.