Trials and tales of a not-so-advanced gardener--both in the dirt and beyond.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Ack! What is happening to my vegetable garden?!?

From the looks of this lovely crook-neck squash you'd think I'd be basking in an plentiful bounty o' veggies right now.

But you would be wrong. "Why's that?" you ask. Because I have a visitor called verticillium wilt (at least that's what I believe it is...this site told me so). This visitor to my garden has decided to kill all of my cucumbers, squash and zucchini.

This is the end of the squash that still looks fine. But the stem and it's first major leaves are wilted and grey/yellow now.

Remember earlier this summer when I was so proud to have produced my first vegetable? The magic is gone and reality of a fungus has set in.
These are my three zucchini plants. The fungus got all of these as well.

These two pictures are a closer look at the stem close to the ground.

Here's one plant that literally crumbled apart when I tried to take a closer look.

Does anyone have any suggestions? A few people have suggested crop rotation (plant non-vine-y things there) or solarize my raised bed next year...what would you do?

1 comment:

Carol said...

I suspect the problem is squash vine borers. I would plant something else in that bed next year and try to plant the squash someplace else. I lost all my squash to vine borers this year, but other years, I've had no problems...

Carol, May Dreams Gardens