Squash are difficult this year

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  1. Oggie

    Oggie Waste of bandwidth Supporter

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    Perhaps because I didn't like them when I was young and thought too many evil thoughts about them, squash refuse to grow this year.

    Most years I have more than I can use. This year they are growing slow and now the squash bugs have descended and the plants' days are probably numbered.

    We had a cool, wet spring in central Oklahoma and the seeds were slow to germinate. Now that it is hot, will new seeds sprout if I just start over?

    Do you folks have any tips for growing summer squash?

    Thanks!
     
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    Gosh if you were ONLY closer. This year the crook neck, straight, and zuccinni are running me over. I have never had such a great year for squash. I don't know what we did right lol or I would tell you. The garden has just been so productive this year in everything. Seriously I don't want to make you feel bad. I do know that DH (really partner) did ALOT of prep work on the soil. Added peat moss/fretilzer/etc. He did more prep work this year then in the past. I guess it is paying off for us.
     

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    The beds have lots of compost mixed in. Other years we've had a lot of squash. This year they didn't grow. Tomatoes and cucumbers are going great guns and we had lots of greens earlier. But no squash yet.
     
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    The one thing I can't brag on is the tomatos because they sure seem slow this year. I never even think about them though because I am not a big fan of tomatos.
     
  5. poppy

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    Tomatoes are slow in this part of Illinois too. Nights were too cool early for them to set on. The plants look great and the Brandywines aretaller than I am ( 6 feet ). The warm weather has finally helped and I counted 22 tomatoes on one plant earlier this evening. I have 52 plants out, so we should have plenty. :) No one here has ripe ones yet, and they are usually ripe by July 4th.