This year a seedling appeared in the veg plot which looked like
squash. I assumed the seed must have come from the compost where I ha
put the previous years marrow innards after we ate the rest. I cut th
first fruit last night. It had the colour of a marrow but a bit 'dumpy
about a foot long and a little tapered.
Cut open the flesh looked marrow like and it was duly cooked for a mea
last night. It tasted absolutely foul so my wife and myself only at
only the tiniest piece each. Today we are both feeling ill and hav
been purging since the early hours.
For the last few weeks the leaves have had a white mould growing o
them and I've simply been cutting off the leaves and excess plant an
putting in the compost bin.
My question which I hope someone can advise me about is:
Is it the mould which has made the fruits toxic or is it possibly
toxic squash which found it's way here by maybe bird seed and is i
safe to use the compost?
This is my first post so please forgive if I'm rambling.
Fortunately it tasted so disgusting we only ate the tiniest piece eac
and have now recovered - well almost. I amazed so little of it had suc
a drastic effect. Another lesson learned!
All the Best
Just to add to what others have said, please do not throw mouldy fruit
or leaves into your mulch... the mould will thrive! Throw it in the
rubbish bin or burn it.
You may well have eaten a decorative squash.... In the future, when
confronted by white mould, try spraying camomile tea on the infected
plants - organic and effective natural remedy!
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