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Apr 24, 2018 12:12 PM CST

This is my second year planting a garden. I can't seem to grow zucchini. I have two plants this year and one is good and the other isn't. Is it powdery Mildew on the one? How can I prevent this? I have tried Neem oil both years. The zucchini turns yellow and gets bad as it grows bigger too.
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Apr 25, 2018 8:00 AM CST
Name: Tracy
Bryan Texas (Zone 8b)
Gardening, excuse to play in dirt!
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You may need to improve your soil. It is always hard to tell from a picture though. Have you added anything?
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Apr 25, 2018 9:33 AM CST

No, I have not added anything. I'm such a newbie. What should I add? I appreciate your help!
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Apr 25, 2018 2:22 PM CST

I would top dress with some aged compost right away. Have you ever done a soil test? You can purchase them, of send them into the county for a more detailed analysis.
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Apr 27, 2018 10:51 AM CST
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Keeper of Poultry
Your zucchini look fine to me. The blotchy looking leaves may just be the variety you have..nothing to worry about. Some types are that color on purpose.

I am assuming its early spring for your garden. Your plants look pretty young. Not all flowers will get pollinated, especially early in the season. The fruits will turn yellow and die if they haven't been pollinated yet. You can try planting some marigolds or white petunias nearby to attract more bees. Then be patient. Pull off the yellowed fruit and wait for more to form.

Hope this helps.
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