In the Garden

Trouble in Paradise

As I was watering my Grow Camp this morning, I noticed some trouble brewing in Squashville.

If I’m not mistaken, this is blossom end rot. It’s quite a bummer, because these squash were looking really good so far. I have a feeling this has to do with soil depletion (specifically calcium) where I planted them. I’ve been a bit cavalier about where I’ve planted things, not really heeding any soil prep guidelines. Seems I’m paying the price for placing my squash in already depleted soil.

With limited space comes limited patience. I’m afraid I might just have to yank these guys out of the Grow Camp if they are just going to rot on the vine. They are taking up A LOT of space.

Gardening gurus…is there hope for recovery, or should I yank these puppies out of my square foot garden? Any advice would be much appreciated!


11 thoughts on “Trouble in Paradise”

  1. I had blossom end rot last year…not enough calcium in the soil is indeed the culprit. It really is too late at this point to “fix it.” Rip ’em out and use that space for something else. My poor squash plants are suffering bad in this heat. Even with as much watering as I can in good conscious do (we have a very, very low well right now), they are baking. The squash that was coming on well baked and died. 😦

    1. Thanks for the advice, Jenn! I was thinking that was going to be my course of action. They are so big and have been bullying my peppers quite a bit and it’s just not worth it if they are not going to thrive.

  2. Sorry to hear about your squash. It really breaks the heart when we have to pull plants we’ve tended and can’t wait to eat. 😦

  3. I’ve had a few that have rotted this year but I’ve also had a good crop of ones that made it (on the same plants). But, I’d say go with what you think is best – if they keep growing they will definitely take up a lot of “square foots”

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