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Morning All!

I had a rough start to my growing season this year after a poor soil choice.  (I just moved and had to re-start all my gardens).  Anyway, I managed to salvage everything and it looks like I will have a decent if somewhat late harvest.  The only thing I can't seem to get going is my squash.  I have spaghetti squash and two varieties of zucchini.  All of them have an abundance of male flowers but not a single female! 

This has never happened to me before, is there any way I can kick start these plants and get some ladies in the house?

Thanks!
 
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I've had better luck with these squash varieties when I boost the soil with a quarter cup of Sea-90 or a quarter cup of granite mineral dust, most likely any similar product would work.
This year was a very strange one in my area, we had a long wet spring then it suddenly shot up to near 100 f with 75% humidity.
The result was most of our plants did great then just shut down, even the tomatoes have produced miserably for us this year. We are going to plant a fall garden to see if we can get the produce for canning that we need for the winter.

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Thanks for the tip! 

We've had a strange year here too.  Wet spring then a heat wave with no rain for a month, wild fires etc.  Now its raining four times a week.  My poor plants don't know what to do with themselves!
 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:I've had better luck with these squash varieties when I boost the soil with a quarter cup of Sea-90 or a quarter cup of granite mineral dust, most likely any similar product would work.
This year was a very strange one in my area, we had a long wet spring then it suddenly shot up to near 100 f with 75% humidity.
The result was most of our plants did great then just shut down, even the tomatoes have produced miserably for us this year. We are going to plant a fall garden to see if we can get the produce for canning that we need for the winter.

Redhawk



Ugh, I'm glad to hear I'm not alone on this. Had a new garden area and amended with Sea90 and even kelp meal. I've gotten about 200# of tomatoes and the same of squash and then the BUGS! They have basically euthanized my poor garden. Now they have moved to the melons and are killing the melons, which is new. I guess it's not a preferred food source but they will take what they can get. Crap year for fishing too. Freezer and canning closet are looking meager. On the good side, the wood chip garden is the least hit, it seems to moderate the wet and dry somewhat. I can feel better that you have had a poor harvest, misery and company and all that.
 
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