In Response to Re: How does your garden grow?:
Thank you all for the definition of curcurbits. I sort of thought that they were cucumber in family but did not know that that included pumpkin, watermelon. Judy, do you happen to have walnut trees near your garden? There is an acid in th e walnut that kills curcurbits. As well as other items. We had several black walnut near our garden at the old house and nothing grew well, and to make matters worse I would find the squirrels would "hide" the nuts within the plants so the ones that did well enough to survive and produce most of the summer would have the plant or produce killed off when the pesky critters started hiding food for the fall and winter.
Posted by nikki p
Nikki, this is Missouri. Of course I have walnut trees. I'm always pulling out little trees, or if i'm too late, pruning them off at the base. I must have absent minded squirrels who forget where they buried them. I don't think it is the walnut trees, because I've had good luck growing stuff most years. I'm thinking more weather related (and critter related) problems.