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Post  buffette58 8/19/2010, 10:19 am

I had to plant my cucumbers 3 times (I used plants), a few days later they started having spots all over the leaves then died...my 3rd group is growing and few little cucs are coming but still spotted leaves and looking to die...what's up? Linda
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Post  milaneyjane 8/19/2010, 11:41 am

I have had a horrible year with cucs too. I finally have them growing but they are all deformed. Mad
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Post  Megan 8/19/2010, 7:03 pm

My vines grew GREAT and I got some beautiful cukes, til bacterial wilt killed them all, argh! Evil or Very Mad

Re: the spots, could it be a nutritional deficiency?
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Post  buffette58 8/19/2010, 8:35 pm

mine looked just like yours...I thought this 1/3 1/3 1/3 was the way to go...wonder what happened..they told me I did not need to add any fertilizier or anything....???? :
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Post  Megan 8/19/2010, 8:39 pm

A number of people on the forum are finding that their compost seems to be deficient. I've had to fertilize, but I am to blame for that one since I couldn't find any decent compost at all. That being said, I have to say that this year has been an absolute runaway success and I'm never going back to row gardening!! Very Happy
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Post  Chopper 8/19/2010, 8:45 pm

Vegetable MD has photos. You might want to look there and see if you find the problem and the solution. Bad Cuke Photos
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Post  buffette58 8/25/2010, 4:31 pm

I think I will get the soil checked cause some of my stuff just would not grow with the 1/3 1/3 1/3 mixture...bummer
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Post  Chopper 8/25/2010, 5:46 pm

It is the way to go. The joker in the deck is the compost. Also people get a 2 cf bag of peat and do not realize that once it fluffs, you can use less in the garden. I think people do put in too much peat sometimes.

Compost: if you had 5 kinds of quality compost you absolutely would not be having nutrient problems. That is why Mel recommends that many kinds. As the seasons pass and you add more compost - your own that you can put a large variety of things in - not just "forest compost" like some of the commercial brands, you will see things pick up. It isn't the formula that is lacking, it is the available compost. That is key.
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Post  buffette58 8/25/2010, 8:52 pm

ok I did a soil test...ph was ok, nitrogen was high, phosphorous was high and potash was low..now what??????
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Post  Megan 8/25/2010, 9:21 pm

I haven't the foggiest how to boost potash, but I'm sure someone here does! Smile At least you now have a starting point, and that is great news.
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Post  camprn 8/25/2010, 9:27 pm

If you have a fire pit you can sprinkle a bit of wood ash around the base of the stems. click me to see info
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