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Comment by Randall Smith on August 1, 2017 at 7:15am

Everybody I've talked to has had zucchini root rot. I only got 3 zukes before the plants died. No great loss. Just wondering how it could be so wide spread.  And thanks, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 12:48am

Zucchini root rot:  Surround® At Home® Crop Protectant.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 12:37am

Bertold, I have used this company for 20-years at least and maybe 40 and have never been disappointed. They identify the disease or pests on their site or catalog and give enough information that you may be able to find the products locally. 

Pest and diseases prevention 

powdery mildew: Soap-Shield® Flowable Liquid Copper Fungicide

blossom end rot: Quik-Cal™ Pelletized Calcium

earwigs: Garden Pest Bait

hail: Heavyweight Row Covers

root rot: Tomatoes Alive!® Plus 100% All-Natural Fertilizer

All products are in the Gardens Alive Insect & Pest Control site or catalog


Comment by Joan Denoo on August 1, 2017 at 12:06am

Benjamin Franklin wrote for ushistory.org) using an assumed name. He said:

"In the first Place, as An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure, I would advise 'em to take care how they suffer living Coals in a full Shovel, to be carried out of one Room into another, or up or down Stairs, unless in a Warmingpan shut; for Scraps of Fire may fall into Chinks and make no Appearance until Midnight; when your Stairs being in Flames, you may be forced, (as I once was) to leap out of your Windows, and hazard your Necks to avoid being oven-roasted."

~ Benjamin Franklin 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 31, 2017 at 8:38pm

It was surprising to me because I thought they would grow more or less on auto-pilot, but I have a friend whose zucchini karma is completely afflicted. In his words:

Four years ago, I got hammered by powdery mildew. A year later, blossom end rot hit. Last year it was earwigs and hail. And now this year: root rot.

He had gorgeous, robust plants and nice big squash, and in three days they croaked. Anyone know of a treatment for root rot?

Comment by kathy: ky on July 31, 2017 at 6:39pm
And butterflies and rabbits and beneficial snakes and frogs. All kinds of good things.
Comment by Thomas Murray on July 30, 2017 at 12:39pm

  We live in Maryland about 50 miles north-west of Washington, D.C. The pix of the wild turkeys were taken by an Iphone. Not very good pixs and my wife couldn't get close to them bcuz wild turkey are timid.

 We bought this house 2 years ago and this is the first time we've seen them. Just once in a while in the evening we have deer coming through between 5 to 6 p.m. We have a year round stream running through our yard. It has crayfish, toads, frogs and tiny fishies.

  But this Summer is different. I've decided not to mow the back yard and let the wild flowers and other plants have their rights to exist. Since then we've seen more deer come through, wild turkeys, and ground hogs scurrying around.

  Also our two terriers have been barking more often at night than before.

  So it is obvious to me that leaving the yard to its natural state will bring nature and wildlife back.  Fortunately, the wild animals haven't bothered our young fruit trees.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 30, 2017 at 9:59am
Randall, her came from​ ky of course :)
Comment by Randall Smith on July 30, 2017 at 7:46am

I, too, was shocked to see a sole turkey strut across my yard last spring. Where did he come from?, I thought. Never saw him again.

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 30, 2017 at 6:01am

I thought wild turkeys were more shy than that.  We don't have any here.  

I've mentioned this somewhere before, when I was quite small, my dad took care of a large flock of intelligently designed turkeys.  On my visit to the farm, I wandered into the flock and became quite scared when they all surrounded me and were all gobbling.  I'll bet my dad had a good chuckle about that.


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