Re: summer squash, peppers, and tomatos

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Posted by jjj on June 12, 2002 at 12:25:38:

In Reply to: summer squash, peppers, and tomatos posted by Gary Christensen on June 08, 2002 at 19:47:19:

My first thought is to be envious and say just have patience, but living in WI my toms are a foot tall, the peppers 8" and with the cold spell in May I just planted my squash 2wks ago.

The tomatoes sound like a disease called Septoria Leaf Spot, it is very common, and can be controlled by cutting off the diseased leaves/limbs and destroying them (DO NOT COMPOST THEM). Overhead watering can also spread the disease by splashing up spores that are on the ground, so mulch around your plants if you can. I even remove all leaves/limbs that are closer than 1 ft from the ground even if they are healthy, just as a precaution. If the disease spreads to far you can also control it with Daconil (Ortho Multi Purpose), it left to go it will destroy your plants.

Eventhough you have male & female flowers, your zucc probles still sounds like lack of fertilization, if you have time hand fertilize a few flowers to see if this helps.

And the peppers? If the plants are bushy, healthy and have lots of flowers, then is sounds like you just have to wait a little longer.

Happy Gardening.


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