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What is this vegetable in my garden?

Well it looks like a marrow, which are a type of squash, particularly if the fruits resembled courgettes (or zucchini, depending where you live) when they were small. On the other hand, there are ...
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What is causing damage to my summer squash and zucchini plants?

First picture: The picture appears to be powdery mildew, up close it would be a cottony fungal colony growing on the leaf. Your watering schedule is quite likely making the situation somewhat worse. ...
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Can you help identify the kind of squash?

Well, those are pumpkins. While he might have expected the orange "Halloween" kind, there are lots of variations available. One word of warning, though: Pumpkins1 contain varying levels of ...
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Will my squash ripen off the vine?

Yes, most squash will ripen off the vine, so long as it's relatively mature (i.e. the squash has begun to change color). This is especially true of pumpkin, butternut squash and spaghetti squash. ...
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What is this vegetable in my garden?

I don't know if there is a name for it, but I also grew something like that a few years back. I had planted some pumpkins and against most of the advice online which says don't harvest and use them ...
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Squash plant wilting bottom up?

From what I understand, squash generally don't like being transplanted. So, the odds of it being stressed are high. It's also likely that the soil may need more phosphorus and/or potassium. Since ...
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Can I save seeds that already started sprouting for storage?

I'd save the non-sprouted. Three days is a long wash, but you might get lucky come Spring. I've never met a seed that sprouted twice, excepting chard, and those are aggregates of seeds. No such luck ...
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Can I save seeds that already started sprouting for storage?

After germination, a seed has broken dormancy and is now a living plant, so you can't save a seed that's germinated.
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What kind of grow lights do I need for a butternut squash?

Bare minimum grow lights are T-5s; fluorescents, each bulb (4 bulbs) gives 54 watts each and uses a good old boring 110 electrical source, a wall plug in (U.S.) Least expensive in my experience. ...
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How do we deal with abnormally heavy rain?

More nitrogen, IMO, is not going to help in a waterlogged situation like this. It will most likely contribute to root rot instead. Potassium, while perhaps not the answer to your problem (it might be ...
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What is causing damage to my summer squash and zucchini plants?

You have powdery mildew on your leaves, try spraying with neem oil or sponge with baking soda water mixture, it can be difficult to get rid of. The stem looks like it was damaged somehow, maybe a ...
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How to ripen butternut squash if vine dies

In my experience, squash will ripen off the vine if their shelf life is long enough, but they will not get bigger (and according to many, the seeds may not, or will not, develop further). C. pepo and ...
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Cucumber with bacterial wilt, what to do to save other plants?

I would first confirm that this bacterial wilt. Confirm the disease is present with the below test: Take a knife and slice open a stem along its length. If you see a substance resembling thick white ...
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What is the name of this beetle, and is he eating my squash plant?

I tried to find out what this was because I thought I saw something similar yesterday in my yard but after looking at pictures what I had wasn't this but I found mine. Your looks like Poecilocapsus ...
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How do I help my squash?

It's hard to tell from the blurry picture, but the eggs look like eggs for a squash bug. http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/insects/find/squash-bugs/ I had some on my pumpkins this year and they ...
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What is the correct ratios for Epsom Salt and Gypsum solutions?

Magnesium makes up about 10% of the mass of Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate). so 1 gram per liter is about 100 ppm magnesium. Plants will take that with no problem. Most commercial ...
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How can I grow better shaped yellow squash?

From what I can tell, this seems to have been due to excessive and abnormal heat we experienced for a few days. I did not increase watering time and should have in hindsight. Now that we are back to ...
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Is it possible to preserve male squash flowers for pollination?

I have saved pollens in a jar and used them to hand pollinate. I faced the same thing: flowers were not pollinating on their own. A lot of the times, male and female didn't open at the same time. I ...
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Is it possible to preserve male squash flowers for pollination?

Yes, you can gather the polen in a ziplock bag with a q-tip or toothpick. I am unsure how long polen can stay fertile but after searching for a bit I found a similar question: https://gardening....
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Butternut yellow and fall off before blooming

After a number of years growing butternut squash I have noted that in the very early stages of growth of the vines embryo fruits may form and then be abandoned; I have put this down to there not yet ...
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What is happening to my squash/cucurbita?

This looks like botrytis cinerea, grey mould, which is a fungus disease affecting many plants including squash. You need to control humidity better, especially when watering. I’d say this happened ...
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Will butternut squash ripen if taken off the vine?

It would be better if you could cure the plant of whatever ails it, but if that's not possible, you can try ripening them off the vine by 'curing', see here https://homeguides.sfgate.com/ripen-...
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Butternut squash lost growing tip, is it worth keeping it?

It's not a problem if all the early flowers are male, that often happens while the vine is young and building resources. First thing is, if you have extra seed, pot some up immediately as potential ...
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My 8ft+ long butternut squash female fruits don't ripen. What am I doing wrong?

Butternut squash is able to produce fruit reliably if the nights and days are warm, there is moisture available and the vine is growing vigorously. In my area the nights in July and August are warm ...
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What could this little plant be?

The first one is tomato, the second one squash. It could also be melon or pumpkin, but when you say you had squash there this is it. The last one I don't know for sure, it could be strawberry but you'...
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Soil improvement for poor-producing squash for next year

I had a similar problem with squash this year. In my case the problem was a dry early summer when insects, mostly striped cucumber beetles, attacked the young leaves. As a result the plants were never ...
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Can I save seeds that already started sprouting for storage?

As you can not save the seed, see the other answers, plant it. Keep the plant in a low temperature but above freezing environment. If you have an outside area which will be free of freezing, use that. ...
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What is this green and yellow vegetable which looks like a star from above?

It seems to be related the the squash in some way. It may be a gourd because of its odd shape and the two unrelated colors.
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What kind of squash are these?

If the seeds both came from the same squash, as stated: You (or your squash vendor) have potentially created two new hybrids, based on whatever male squash flower pollen various bees delivered to the ...
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