Ask a Question forum→Wilting zucchini Cotyledon days after it emerged?

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Western Massachusetts
Phosyn
May 24, 2020 1:40 PM CST
I just started gardening and some of the first Zucchini seeds I have sowed have emerged. The zucchini Cotyledons looked nice and green and seemed quite ok. Several days after the first one emerged, I found the Cotyledons wilting. The plant looks like it is dead. The soil dries very quickly in the sun, the rows are around 6 - 8" tall and flat topped. I water them often to keep the soil moist at the surface due to this reason as I have not figured out what kind of mulch I will be using.

Soil test results

Soil pH: ~5.5 - 6.0
Phosphor: Good
Potash: Good
Nitrogen: Low

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What am I doing wrong? It's hard to tell if I am overwatering, since the soil can dry 2 - 3 inches a day without watering; I try to soak the soil mid day because of the fast evaporation.
Western Massachusetts
Phosyn
May 24, 2020 3:13 PM CST
Alright, I pulled the seedling out and peeled open the stem only to find these larvae inside. Does anyone know what these are?

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I have seen some ants around the garden bed; but is that what these are?

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