Winter Squash Watch 2016

I made an unpleasant discovery yesterday while checking on my ‘White Cushaw’ winter squash plants.

Squash 2 Powdery Milden.jpg

Oh no! I haven’t encountered this before, but based on appearance, I think it must be powdery mildew. From what I’ve read so far, it will most likely cause leaves to die, and may also reduce yields and affect flavor, but there’s not much I can do at this point- apparently it’s easier to prevent than to treat.We’ll see what happens.

Meanwhile the one fruit on this plant is still growing rapidly. In just a few days it has gone from this:

Winter Squash

To this! It’s now larger than the average watermelon. Stay tuned squash fans.

Squash 3.jpg

 

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