The straw bale squash is growing great but I don't have a single bloom. Who said they'd had trouble with ants in their straw? One of my bales has an ant hill. I put Neem Oil on it yesterday. Hope it works. At least the squash bug hasn't been spotted.
kansasterri, I can't remember where you live. I think I remember you planted carrots. Maybe? Has it been too cold because the rain should help rather than hinder straw bales I would think. I dug out holes and put in cups of fertilizer for a few weeks before I planted my seeds. Hope they work for you.
Looking lovely but I've had 2 squash rot on the vine. This is happened before in the garden and I think I added calcium. Is that right? Actually I think it was lime that adds calcium to the soil or something like that.
We've had lots of rain and I think, after looking at the squash again, it's a pollination, or lack of, problem rather than blossom end rot. I went out early this morning to hand pollinate and the flowers were full of water from last nights rain. Oh dear.
Post by Compost Pharmer on May 30, 2013 17:01:29 GMT -6
If your plants are doing good and look healthy, don't add any extra fertilizer. It will cause you to have all plant and very little, if any fruit to harvest. I learned this with tomatoes. One year my plants were almost 10 feet tall with very few tomatoes. The only thing I do is foliar feed with compost tea.
Building compost for the giant maters and giant peppers.
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I have a question. Just gathered a bunch of good looking squash but I noticed that some of the leaves are turning yellow. I inspected everything pretty good and there aren't squash bugs and no evidence of bores so I'm not sure what it could be. The plants don't need water - in rained last night and the bales aren't too wet. Any thoughts???
This is a sad day. I found an adult squash bug and eggs on my plants. There are also a lot of lady squash beetles which I've never had before. Why would squash bugs go to the trouble of crawling up the straw bales to eat my squash? Last year I tried everything to control them and nothing worked so I'm thinking of setting these bales on fire and never growing squash again.