Growing crookneck squash - Knowledgebase Question

Goochland, VA
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Question by johnsonmlee
July 20, 2007
I plant seeds each year and the blooms are beautiful but when squash starts to grow - they rot. I put servin dust on to keep off bugs, but there are some funy looking bugs in the dirt. Help me please

Answer from NGA
July 20, 2007
Squash can suffer from blossom end rot (BER) causing them to rot beginning at the bottom of the squash. This is related to uneven soil moisture levels. Make sure you are watering as needed to supplement rain so that the soil stays evenly moist like a wrung out sponge, meaning damp, not saturated/sopping wet and not dried out. Also, using an organic mulch will help keep the soil more evenly moist.

I am not certain what you are seeing in the soil. You might want to check with your local county extension to see if they can help you identify those.

I hope this helps.

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