[Market-farming] Squash Plant Longevity

Shelly Elliott shelly at idlethyme.com
Wed Sep 21 11:30:56 EDT 2005


This year my squash plants did great then died back. I kept watering them
and they experienced beautiful new growth and began to produce again,
although not as heavily as the first time around. I did have squash bugs and
did not do much for control.
Shelly Elliott
Idle Thyme Farm
Carpenter, WY
----- Original Message -----
From: "TxBeeFarmer" <txbeefarmer at hotpop.com>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 4:04 PM
Subject: [Market-farming] Squash Plant Longevity


> This question may be simple to most of you, but I just don't know the
> answer.
>
> I plant two or three kinds of squash each year.  And..., each year the
> squash plants produce like crazy for a while, turn gray, and die.  I
always
> thought this was just the way it was supposed to be and chalked it up to
the
> natural cycle of squash plants.  Now I'm not sure.  Is it possible that
it's
> the squash bugs that cause the plants to "crash" after a period of time?
> Could I get a much longer crop of squash by controlling the squash bugs
> better?  Oh yes..., I know the bugs cause a lot of damage to the plants,
but
> is it the s. bug that actually causes the plants to crash, and could I get
> another month out of the plants if I focus on s. bug control?  Is the
extra
> production I'd get by controlling the s. bugs worth the time and effort to
> control the s. bugs?
>
> Told ya it was simple, but I don't know where else to find "REAL" answers
> from folks who have tried it with and without the beloved s. bugs.
>
> Thanks for your help.
>
> TxBeeFarmer
> Mark (West Texas - Zone 7b)
>
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