You Have Blooms And No Squash, What Gives?

This time of year the squash is blooming away, but what if that's all you get? What if all you see on the plant are blooms? The plant is perfectly healthy with no signs of any issues but still isn't setting fruit. If you have blooms but no squash the answer may be as simple as the flowers on the plant! Why Might Your Squash Plants Not Have Female Flowers Yet? Squash blossoms are either male or female. Often what blooms first are the male flowers. The female flowers typically form later. The female flowers have oval like shapes beneath the flower on the stem. These shapes are the ovaries and what eventually turns into the squash. It makes sense when you think about it. The male flowers produce first to make sure pollen is available then the female flowers form. Sometimes though you can get a ton of male…

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Blossom End Rot and What To Do

When the fruit first begins to form in your vegetable garden you may notice a condition where the blossom ends of the fruit turns brown to black then begins to rot away. This can happen to a number of different vegetable garden producers like tomatoes, squash, peppers, and more. Aptly named "Blossom End Rot", this condition is nothing to be overly concerned about. It's disappointing to see something you've been eagerly awaiting for weeks get seemingly ruined - but it is only temporary! Blossom End Rot on Summer Squash   What Causes Blossom End Rot? Blossom end rot is a calcium deficiency that prevents the proper formation of cells in the fruit. Just like people, plants need nutrients like calcium for proper growth. The calcium deficiency can be cause by a couple things but is usually an issue with too much water not allowing the plant to bring in calcium…

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5 Tips to Grow Great Summer Squash!

Summer squash is one of our family's favorite summer vegetables.  A grilled yellow squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper is a simple and delicious treat when cooked along with some barbequed chicken!  There are a few things to know about growing summer squashes in the garden whether they are yellow squash or zucchinis.  Today's Friday Fives will offer up five things you should know about growing summer squash.  Enjoy! 5 Tips to Grow Great Summer Squash Squash is one of those vegetables that is easy to grow from seed.  You can buy transplants but try to purchase squash transplants that are in biodegradable pots so you don't have to disturb the roots systems much when planting.  Squash is easy to grow and if your soil is a good well drained mix it should do great in your garden!  If not consider bush type squash plants and plant them in…

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Randomness Around the Garden

This was one of those weekends where my garden time was fairly limited. I still managed to get outdoors some and accomplish a few little things. The biggest task was putting together the garden cart for my mower. It took almost two hours. That's probably where most of my outdoor time went but when it comes to paying the store $20 or doing the job myself I'd rather keep the money in my pocket! I did take a few minutes to photograph some of what's going on in the garden. The self-sowing celosia is looking great! This particular flower is almost in the shape of a crown. I planted celosia two years ago here and it has taken off.  Be warned because it could become invasive if you allowed it to run amok. Of course it's easy enough to control with just a little bit of manual labor. The crape…

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‘Trombetta’ Climbing Squash

One of the more unusual vegetables I am growing this years is the 'Trombetta' climbing squash. Its name is derived from the Italian word for bugle or trumpet which is the shape it resembles. 'Trombetta' is a climbing squash that when ideally placed has the strong support of an arbor or trellis on which to grow.  The squash itself gets very long and is ideally picked somewhere around 12-14 inches.  This small squash will quickly transform into a much larger version if given plenty of water and nutrient rich soil.  I planted our squash beside our arbor in the hopes that it would climb and eventually cover the arbor. In the past I've used moonflowers but they haven't done much this year. I think this squash is unique enough to categorize as both an ornamental and an edible plant. According to Renee's Garden Seeds (which was my source for the…

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An Afternoon in the Vegetable Garden

It's been a good while since I had a couple hours to "maintain" the vegetable garden. Ideally I would take 20 minutes each day to weed, search the garden for problems, weed, prune, weed, and tie up tomatoes. Yes you may have noticed quite a few weeds, let's just say so did I! Today I did a little bit of all that, not enough, but I've made headway into the realm of the tidy gardens. We're beginning to see vegetables ready for harvesting.  The squash is now producing. We lost the zucchini during the three weeks without water that began the month of June. My irrigation wasn't set up to go to that bed and as the business of life took over the gardener with the garden hose wasn't as diligent. I may have to fire that gardener and get a new one, oh wait... Today I pulled the first…

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