Of my 14 zuke plants, here is my black thumb running
two weeks ago: two fruit
one week ago: two fruit
this week: one fruit
Think I should fertilize? When the local organic farm
was open (turkeys moved on me), they told me the fertilized
A LOT. Their zuke plants were twice the size as mine.
Anyone have a favorite organic fertilizer for zukes?
Depends on your soil. Have it tested!
My soil has a good P bank, so I don't need to use fertilizers that
contain high phosphorous. So mainly I use alfalfa pellets (horse
food) and compost I make with shredded leaves.
Tomato-tone by Espoma would probably be good for squash
as well, and I have relied on it for years. That, or Plant-tone.
18-1/2! More than I have ever harvested in the five years
or so combined that I have tried growing them.
I think it is the chicken scat fertilizer. I switched to
it from the fish head fertilizer this year. I have always
fertilized. Apparently, not with the right stuff.
I did this because two years ago, the local farm that moved
on me used chicken scat to fertilize with and their tomatoes
were out of this world. Last year they used fish poop water
and their yield was low and their tomatoes tasted nasty.
So, I deliberately sought out organic fertilizer that had
chicken scat in it. Bingo!
I blanched about half of them and stuck them in the freezer.
The others I made into to rat-uh-two-ee. Froze half of it too.
Used my own egg plant. Still had about five zukes left over
for the crisper drawer!
the riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped
One of my largest plants has some of its leaves die off.
They were covered in white powder. Found some squash bug eggs
on the underside of one dying leaf (crushed them). I searched
high and low for the additional eggs, but couldn't find any.
I cut off the branched on the leaves with dying leaves and
tosses them in the bin.
I fertilized on Wednesday but Organic fertilizer takes a while
to kick in
One was huge. Must have been hiding from me last week.
I think I will blanch the leftover one from last week and
two largest ones from this week. The larger the less
water and they freeze better.
And I keep betting better and better at Rat (Ratatouille).
Drain the liquid off and use it for vegetable broth
during the week.
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