Our 2021 garden: winter squash help needed!

Just yesterday, I posted about how big our Little Gem winter squash seemed to be doing.

But only parts of it are doing well.

Does anyone experienced with winter squash know what’s going on here?

The newest growth is looking healthy and vigorous, but near the ground, the leaves and stems are looking yellow, and some of the leaves are dying.

Worse, some of the developing squash are dying.

This one fell off while I was taking its picture. 😦

This is the very first baby squash we found. It has not gotten any bigger, and is now starting to rot, too.

There are SO many baby squash developing under their flowers, but too many don’t get very far.

I don’t know why this is happening.

There is no sign of disease on the leaves. I’m not seeing anything like squash borers or insect damage. It is only affecting this variety – all the plants of this variety – but none of the others.

These are near the middle of the row. They are getting the same amount of water as everything else here. They have been fertilized the same, too. It isn’t even getting any critter nibbles, like the nearby Teddy squash is/was.

I need to consult the local gardening groups to see if anyone else has had this issue.

Any thoughts?

The Re-Farmer

11 thoughts on “Our 2021 garden: winter squash help needed!

  1. It’s so frustrating! With tomatoes they say to bury eggs with them when you plant, to leech calcium into the soil the whole season. I wish I had known that sooner. Ours stopped doing it for awhile but then started up again when we got so much rain so I think overwatering can cause it too. Stupid plants and their needs. How are we supposed to keep up? lol.

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    • That was one of the sites I was looking at last night! Thanks!

      I’ll be making a follow up post in a bit, but the more I look, the more it seems to be a nutrient deficiency; particularly iron and/or calcium.

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  2. Pingback: Our 2021 garden: winter squash follow up | The Re-Farmer

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