sprayed for powdery mildew this morning. the weather and I planted them very close together is the cause. I feel very lucky no squash bugs on them this year. we have loads of flowers hoping for a good crop.
I tried to start Delicata squash seeds indoors to give them a headstart but my first seeding never sprouted. I tried a second seeding and that wasn't looking good either so I tried Lark's paper towel method of germination. As of today I have one little sprout from my second seeding and I'm checking the paper towel seeds everyday. It is seed from last year but I'm still disappointed in the germination rate.
My delicata squash never took off so I bought some squash plants. One is called Sunshine and it is doing well and the squash are beautiful. Much larger than delicata and will make more than one meal. I also chose spaghetti squash because I'm trying to use it in place of pasta to help my blood sugar issues. My new vegetable area had a large space where I could plant it and allow it to sprawl. Well...... it filled that space quickly and grew up the fences surrounding it. What I found interesting is only one squash set on on the ground the other 8 have been off the ground on the fences. One actually set on on the other side of the fence and the neighborhood deer I think helped themselves. The vines have have been hit with powdery mildew, will the squash continue to grow and mature? The squash are getting so large they are stressing my fencing. I found the one in the pic hiding behind my cucumber vines; it has to be more than 16" long. I had to give it additional support. In front of it is one of my Telegraph cucumbers.
I think the powdery mildew will stress the vine so much that the fruits will stop growing and may get yucky.
I get upset when the Soyu Japanese Cuke 'curls'. I have them growing on a trellis. But yet some curl. Why? Any ideas?
Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5
The curling was one of the things I did not like about Soyu (they also are very picky.) But I had gotten my packet of seed out as a reminder that I wanted to ask you if you would like them. Turns out the picture on the packet of seed show several of the cucumbers curled. So that is apparently part of how they can grow. Although I read on another gardening site that curled cucumbers could be incomplete pollination. Someone else suggested not enough water - well, we know that's not a problem in Wisconsin this summer!
I have plenty of squash setting on and they are continuing to grow at this point. I might start to cut of all the new blossoms and growing tips so they work at maturing the existing squash. I think at least a few will make it.
The sunshine squash don't have mildew and are maturing nicely.
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