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STOP SQUASH BLOSSSOM END ROT
Keep your zucchini, crookneck, and pattypans safe

 
 

Every summer, as you well know if you have grown any kind of squash, the fruit can sometimes develop a mushy, soft, rotting spot at the blossom end.

There are two reasons that this happens:

Reason 1. The fruit develops a disease that is similar to tomato blossom end rot which happens when the water given to the plants is uneven which creates a calcium deficiency. This can be prevented by mulching to keep the soil moisture even, and by watering regularly to give the plants adequate water.

Reason 2. The second reason is that the flowers themselves develop a fungus and rot back into the fruit. This happens especially in areas or gardens that have high humidity, or where gardens are watered from above and plants are kept wet for long periods of time.



The Solution:

In either case mentioned above, the answer to the problem is super easy:

Simply remove the flowers once the young fruit has begun to swell and grow.

Plus - after you remove the flower, if you see any decay starting, take you fingernail and gently scrape the end of the fruit to remove any decaying material.

A small scar will form where you did this, but the rot will stop and your squash will develop into mature fruit with no further problems.

For more summer squash growing tips, make sure to read:
Growing Summer Squash - a complete growing guide


 
 








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Keep Some Birds Away

When you have worked very hard to grow your grapes, fruits and vegetables, it's hard to not be bothered when birds come in and take the best of everything!

A few tricks that work well are: netting over grapes, mylar strips tied to branches of your fruit trees, even blow up owls work.

If you use a blow up owl, or scarecrow, keep in mind to move them every few days so they appear to "move." Othewise the birds get wise fast and they are no good.


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