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Growing Squash – Problems

Q. This is the second year I’ve planted squash in my garden. Last year we did nothing special to the soil, and the plants died. Just the squash. This year we added potting soil and humus to the soil and they are already starting to die. They have only been in the ground for a […]

Squash not Producing Fruit – Why and What Can Be Done?

Q. My acorn-type squash is dying…specifically, the blossoms are falling off and/or if they do start putting on the fruit after it gets about one inch in diameter, the blossom end rots, and the fruit falls off. Otherwise, there is no indication that the plant is suffering. It is growing quite prolifically. What’s wrong, and […]

Pruning Squash – Vining and/or Determinate?

Q. In Mittleider’s books, he mentions pruning *some* squash. I suspect that the pruning of those vine-type squash would be like the cucumbers??? However, what about a non-vine squash? Is it okay to prune off some of the leaves? We have some growing quite nicely, out in the rows, and we would like to get […]

Zucchini Blossoms Disappearing

Q. The zucchini flowers disappear from the vine. Is it insects or animals? A. Squash blossoms are edible, and in some societies even highly favored. I’m told that in Japan people even buy them. So if you have folks living nearby who enjoy squash blossoms they may be on your neighbor’s dinner table! Bugs usually […]

Instructions for growing squash

Q. Would you recommend planting butternut squash in the grow boxes? Any special instructions? A. You certainly CAN grow butternut, and all other squashes, in Grow-Boxes! Whether you’re growing in containers or in the soil the instructions are the same: Any vining squash should be grown vertically, and T-Frames, with the plants guided around baling […]