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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    December 1, 2010
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    They are safe to eat. The squash just reached their fully mature color is all. I imagine that the flavor will not be what you are use to from this squash now that they have changed color, but it will not hurt you to eat them. Next year, try storing them in a slightly cooler location to slow down the process, but you cannot completely stop it.

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  • Answered by
    luca.cameron on
    March 31, 2019
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    I agree with Nikki here. I had a zuchinni plant and what I experienced that you should pluck it while it still have a little softness in the fruit. Whenever I waited for so long that I should wait to get a bigger fruit, it started loosing its real taste.
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    Luca
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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    January 14, 2011
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    Summer squash should be harvested small. The bigger the squash gets, the harder and woodier it will get. Also, harvesting small means that you harvest before the seeds are mature and the plant feels that it has to produce more fruit to make up for it, which means a bigger overall harvest for you.

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    January 14, 2011
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    I am sorry to hear about your plants. This article may help you with getting them to recover: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/tips-for-saving-cold-damaged-plants.htm

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    January 25, 2011
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    It sounds like a nutrient problem, specifically chlorosis. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/leaf-chlorosis-and-iron.htm

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    February 21, 2011
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    Here is some information on lowering the pH (also known as making the soil more acidic) of your soil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/raise-acid-level-soil.htm

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    March 7, 2011
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    You may want to try neem oil on your plants. Not only is it effective against many insect pests, but it's also safe. Here is more info: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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  • Answered by
    Nikki on
    March 7, 2011
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    If it is a problem of not getting any flowers, I would recommend adding some phosphorus to the soil. This article will help with that:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/phosphorus-plant-growth.htm

    If it is a problem of flowers not producing fruit, you probably have a pollinator problem and you may need to hand pollinate. These articles will help with that:
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/squash/pollinate-squash-by-hand.htm
    https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

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