Posts Tagged ‘squash’

Squash/Pumpkin/Cucumber/Watermelon Cross-Pollination – Explanation

I frequently receive from gardeners pictures of crazy-looking squash, cucumbers and gourds. Typically the plants  sprouted in a compost pile, from discarded fruit of the past year. The gardeners suspect cross-pollination is to blame for the odd shapes and they...

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Pollination – In Your Garden

One of the most delightfully informative garden books I’ve ever read is “Sex in Your Garden” by Angela Overy . Ms. Overy (yup, that’s her real name!) describes how plants use false advertisements, bribes, perfume and sometimes pseudo-copulation to accomplish...

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Squash – Pollination

Gardeners growing yellow squash and zucchini may notice that many blooms come on the plant early but fall off without forming fruit. Members of the cucurbit family (melons, squash, pumpkins, gourds) have separate male and female blooms on each plant....

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Squash

Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita moschata, Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita mixta Squashes are warm-season vine crops with flavorful flesh. The many types are divided into summer squash, grown for the immature fruit, and winter squash, which is harvested mature. • More detailed information...

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Oddly Shaped Vegetables

Hometown newspapers once featured large or oddly shaped vegetables every summer. From my own childhood, I remember a squash shaped like a duck and a tomato that resembled Richard Nixon. Do you have vegetables that veer into weird shapes? Check...

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Squash Bugs – Identification

Q: On my yellow squash leaves there are several rows of very tiny, copper-colored, jewel-like, round things. What are they? A: They’re squash bug eggs. Unless you want to lose your squash crop, kill ‘em now! The eggs will quickly...

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Squash – Cross-pollination With Other Vegetables

Q: Q: I have a watermelon planted next to a cucumber vine. The watermelon flesh is white. Did the cucumber pollinate the watermelon? Q: I have a squash plant that volunteered in my garden. The fruit looks like a zucchini...

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Cucumber – Downy Mildew

Q: I believe I have cucumber mosaic virus in my garden. It has spread throughout – on squash, zucchini, and cucumber. Is it likely that is was caused by all the summer rain? Is it o.k. to eat the fruit...

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