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Garden Trials Yield New Vegetable Choices

Garden Trials Yield New Vegetable Choices

The results are in from the Harris Seeds annual Home Garden Trials. Vegetable gardeners now have some new green beans, squash and tomato choices for 2014.

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Cucurbita 101: A Pumpkin Guide

Cucurbita 101: A Pumpkin Guide

Here's a breakdown of four common "Cucurbit" groups.

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QUESTION: Spaghetti Pumpkin?

QUESTION: Spaghetti Pumpkin?

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Last year, I grew several pumpkin plants and one spaghetti squash in this raised bed.  I planted nothing in it this spring, but I have several healthy, happy pumpkin plants, and this guy...

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QUESTION: Squashed! ! !

QUESTION: Squashed! ! !

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We live in Phoenix but it really is a dry heat. My wife dearly loves Patty Pan (Indian, Summer, Turban) squash that is not readily available in the stores.  I looked everywhere and finally found...

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QUESTION: Zucchini problems

QUESTION: Zucchini problems

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My two zucchini plants have white stuff on the leaves and the zucchinis are forming, but then shriveling up and falling off before becoming mature.  I primarily water with a water soaker, so the...

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Protecting Your Squash Plants

Protecting Your Squash Plants

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This shield will help protect against squash vine borer attacks.

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Video: Squash Bug Control

Video: Squash Bug Control

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Here are some organic solutions to control squash bugs, featuring an insecticidal soap recipe.

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QUESTION: Pockmarked Zucchinis

QUESTION: Pockmarked Zucchinis

My zucchini squashes are pockmarked. Can anyone tell me why?

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A Squash Vine Borer Story

A Squash Vine Borer Story

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A short story documenting the events surrounding the dreaded squash vine borer and the damage it can cause.

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Squash Mystery Solved

Squash Mystery Solved

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The flying-saucer-shaped scallop squash can be a bit baffling to even seasoned gardeners. But after this gardening season, the mystery is solved.

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Celebrate with the Last of Summers Bounty and Welcome Fall!

Celebrate with the Last of Summer's Bounty and Welcome Fall!

With this end of season approaching, the garden peaks, roadside stands and farmers’ markets are brimming over with fresh produce. At this point we are taking summer ripe tomatoes for granted and many of us have been trying to give our surplus zucchini and cucumbers to anyone who will take them. Corn and melons are starting to run low, peaches too, and now mums and apples are appearing everywhere.

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Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species)

Squash Blossoms (Cucurbita species)

It is that time of year, when we are up to our ears in squash, so now you can harvest the blossoms for delectable dishes!

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QUESTION: No female zucchini blossoms

QUESTION: No female zucchini blossoms

Recently my zucchini and summer squash plants have stopped producing squash. I have this morning 23 blossoms, all male, on 3 plants. The plants are very large and healthy. Does anyone know the...

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Homegrown / Homemade: Squash

Homegrown / Homemade: Squash

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If your squash plants are thriving, but fruit is tiny and shrivels on the vine, the problem could be that the flowers aren't being pollinated by bees and other insects. Fortunately, there's a simple fix: hand pollination. You take a male flower and transfer its pollen to female flowers. See how it's done in this video.

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QUESTION: Zucchini Pests: Help! What Are They and How to I Kill Them?

QUESTION: Zucchini Pests: Help! What Are They and How to I Kill Them?

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I'm so depressed. Every year mid-summer, pests swarm my community garden and kill every zucchini/squash plant in sight. Can you please help me name these bugs and get strategies to fight them in the...

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QUESTION: What is cutting off my squash flowers?

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Every time I try to grow squash, some pest keeps cutting the flowers clean off. How can I prevent this from happening again and again? I had 5 beautiful yellow blooms and went out this morning and...

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QUESTION: Mysterious Shrinking Summer Squash

QUESTION: Mysterious Shrinking Summer Squash

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I am growing a number of vegetables in my raised bed gardens this year. I am growing crookneck yellow squash. The plant is thriving and I have had a huge number of blossoms both male and female. The...

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Saving Squash Seed

Saving Squash Seed

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People have saved squash seeds for hundreds of years. Read about one technique we use to process squash seeds at Seed Savers Exchange and different methods that have been used throughout history.

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Video: Three Sisters Garden

Video: Three Sisters Garden

Corn, beans, squash: The "three sisters" are growing. Watch the video to see how well.

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Video: The Three Sisters Garden

Video: The Three Sisters Garden

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Garden by companion planting what the Iroquois valued as the sustainers of life: beans, corn, and squash. Watch the video and learn how to plant them in a raised bed.

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