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Questions About Squash Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
November 10, 2010

Q. Cooking ‘Unripened’ Squash

Picked a large squash variety, not sure which. Thought it was ‘Sweet Meat’ but was wrong. Anyway, I cut it in half today and there is a green band going around the inside of the rind. It is not boldly green but a slight pale green. I am wondering if it is alright to cook this squash for pumpkin-type recipes.

Answered by
Nikki on
November 10, 2010
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It is edible, but you may find that the flavor is weak or bitter.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 6, 2011

Q. Squash Bugs

Last year squash bugs tore our squash plants to the ground. Using Sevin Dust in and around the hole time didn’t work. What is the best way to stop them?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 7, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

We have found plat neem oil is effective against bugs like this, and it is also safe for people and pets. Here is more information:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 20, 2011

Q. Leaf Yellowing

We started vegetables in our garage by seed. The plants are six weeks old and a large variety of vegetables. We noticed the leaves are losing their color on mostly the beans, squash, tomatoes and cucumbers. Is this a fungus or do they just need fertilizer?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 20, 2011
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They need fertilizer. Give them a weak solution though, so that you do not burn them.

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Asked by
gloria on
March 22, 2011

Q. vine borers

Last year our zucchini and yellow squash were killed by vine borers. The plants came up, they look great for awhile, and then they droop and die. What can I use in the soil for them?

Asked by
Anonymous on
March 25, 2011

Q. Indoor Vegetable Growing

I am growing several different vegetables indoors until I can plant them outside. Some of which are squash, cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, and peppers. I started them all in a pellet tray and have recently planted them into pots. My question is, what are cucumbers and squash supposed to look like? Some of them are leaning over and some are standing up. The ones leaning over seem to me like they are dying.  I know they are a vine, but they are tall and spindly looking.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 26, 2011
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They have too little light. They need either a brighter window or you need to get a fluorescent bulb and place that a few inches above the seedlings.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 4, 2011

Q. Squash Turning Black

Last year all my squash, zuchinni, watermelon, and cantaloupe plants looked great and bloomed well, but when the fruit was about an inch to two inches long, it turned black and died. What am I doing wrong, and what can I do about it this year to prevent?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 5, 2011
Certified Expert
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It is either a pollination problem or a calcium deficiency. This article will explain more:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/zucchini/zucchini-fruit-fall-off-the-plant-before-they-are-full-grown.htm

Since it affected several plant, I would guess it is likely a pollination problem. This article will help with that:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 14, 2011

Q. Planting Times

When do you put squash and cucumber plants in the ground?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 15, 2011
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