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Post  Marilyn Antill on 9/15/2010, 7:35 pm

Hi! I'm wondering what went wrong with my zuccini and spaghetti squash.
I had plenty of flowers, even though the plants themselves never grew like
you'd expect. Since there were no bees to be seen, I dutifully pollinated with
a little paint brush in the mornings before the flowers closed up in the heat of the day. Nothing. Not one teeny tiny fruit ever appeared.
This was my first sfg, but not my first garden. I set the garden up just as instructed in the book. I figure the wax beans didn't like the heat, but nothing really did well. we had 5 tomatoes, and I got 3 little watermellons like others have written about in the forum. The sunflowers did okay.[left]

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Post  Megan on 9/15/2010, 7:50 pm

Hi Marilyn, welcome to the forum, and to SFG! glad you\'re here

This has been a wonky year for many of us... from what I hear, it's the same for traditional gardeners. I'm sorry your garden didn't work out as well as you hoped. I have gotten one thumbnail sized watermelon so far, though I'm still crossing my fingers I might get one. One squash plant died without producing. Another, different variety, is a monster. I planted two pumpkin seeds on the 4th of July. They grew really well at first, but one plant died (squash bug). The other is still kicking and blooming, though it's still very small... and the leaves are really small too; I expected bigger leaves on a pumpkin.

Are you seeing both male and female flowers on your squash?

I've never grown wax beans so I don't know what to say about those, sorry! Are they a bush type?

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Post  pattipan on 9/15/2010, 9:19 pm

I had good luck this year with our spaghetti squash (Small Wonder type) and the zucchini (after battling the squash vine borers!). Our yellow squash produced two puny squash. One day there would be all female blossoms and the next day all male. Some looked like they were going to develop and then they would turn brown and fall off. I'm going to try a different yellow next year or go back to pattypans. :-)

We had a LOT of powdery mildew on all our squash. The difference between the vines from July to August was astounding! The zucchini seemed somewhat resistant. But it killed every leaf on the spaghetti squash. We sprayed with Mildew Cure and later Neem Oil, but it didn't stop it. We did keep spraying the main stems though, to try at least to them alive until the squash ripened. I've picked 10 spaghetti squash so far! The squash themselves look very healthy -- I attribute that to their thick skins!

I did see a lot of bees in our garden -- honeybees and bumblebees. Our yard where the SFG is located is full of white clover, I think that brings the bees. I've never had to hand pollinate.

One suggestion is to maybe plant something in your garden or nearby...or even in pots throughout the garden that really attract bees. Some yellow flowers like coreopsis, mini sunflowers or zinnias are good bee magnets.

Make notes of what you tried this year and hope for better the next -- that's my motto!


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Post  Shoda on 9/16/2010, 11:22 pm

Marilyn Antill - Did you have both male and female flowers? I have had mixed results in my garden -- some of the fruit just didn't want to set. I am sort of like you in this -- new and learning! However, I did find this link that might be helpful. They suggest that other then pollinating, it could be bugs, stress, heat, etc... to read the entire link click below.


Pattipan -- I am impressed with your results. My zucchini did pretty well, my yellow and patty pans not as well and my other squash all seem to be "one squash" wonders.

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