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Post  MrBooker on 6/16/2018, 6:32 am

I had a problem with my Zukes this year. I had two Golden and one green. They started out really good and I harvested some smaller ones from each plant. A few days later, I noticed the plants turning yellow and the small zukes shriveling up. Next day or so, all three plants died.

       I suspect my new moisture meter is the culprit. I think it was giving me a false reading. When I checked the moisture in the Zuke containers, it showed "moist" so I held back the water.  I also had two tomato plants starting to wilt and when I inserted the moisture meter, again it showed moist.

  That just didn't seem right to me so I took a chance and dumped a full 5 gallon bucket of water in the tomato containers. Within a few hours, the tomato plants perked right up and back to normal. Guess that's what I get for buying an El cheapo moisture meter.
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Post  sanderson on 6/16/2018, 2:37 pm

I'm sorry you lost your zucchinis. At least the tomatoes survived!

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Post  MrBooker on 6/16/2018, 2:48 pm

@sanderson wrote:I'm sorry you lost your zucchinis.  At least the tomatoes survived!
 Thanks Sanderson. My prize crop so far is my Onions. I have Texas Sweets, Jumbo sweets and red Onions and they did great. Their about ready to harvest and dry. I just rebuilt the Onion bed with new 2x6's. Some of the Onions are softball size  Posting pics tomorrow morning.  Wink
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Post  jimmy cee on 6/19/2018, 11:01 pm

@MrBooker wrote:I had a problem with my Zukes this year. I had two Golden and one green. They started out really good and I harvested some smaller ones from each plant. A few days later, I noticed the plants turning yellow and the small zukes shriveling up. Next day or so, all three plants died.

       I suspect my new moisture meter is the culprit. I think it was giving me a false reading. When I checked the moisture in the Zuke containers, it showed "moist" so I held back the water.  I also had two tomato plants starting to wilt and when I inserted the moisture meter, again it showed moist.

  That just didn't seem right to me so I took a chance and dumped a full 5 gallon bucket of water in the tomato containers. Within a few hours, the tomato plants perked right up and back to normal. Guess that's what I get for buying an El cheapo moisture meter.
Is it possible cucumber beetles are around ? They all love those yellow flowers. Could be bacterial wilt.  cut a piece off somewhere,  one of the main stems. make a clean cut, then take the 2 pieces and connect them tightly. When pulling apart if you see sticky threads you have the dreaded wilt. If not, your clean on that part.. no cure or stopping bacteria wilt. I'm hoping my new area doesnt have any.
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