What has gone wrong with my squash, cucumbers, and peas?
January 9, 2013 1:22 PM Subscribe
Oh no! My winter squash, cucumbers, and peas are failing. Can anybody tell me why and what, if anything, I can do about it? Pictures inside.
posted by Scientist to home & garden (15 answers total)
In November, my sweetheart and I planted some winter veggies in our community garden. All was well and everything was growing great. The peas in particular were happily producing as much as we could eat, and after some early insect damage from some kind of pentatomid hemipteran everything else was as well. Most of the garden is still doing great; the brussels are sprouting, the carrots are nearing harvest size, etc. However, after coming back from a trip over Christmas, the squash and cukes and peas are all dying back. Here are some pictures of the damage:
Squash Leaf Closeup
Pea Shoot Closeup
Can anybody tell me what's going on here? Everything else in the garden is fine and the weather has been mild and moist. The affected plants are all in the same corner of the garden but that area is not substantially different from the rest of the plot (it's not in a bowl or anything like that and it gets the same sun). I haven't noticed any insects and the plants are still flowering and trying to produce fruit, especially the squash. Is this a disease of some kind? Some pest I am unaware of? A watering issue? It seems to be getting slowly but progressively worse; can my plants be saved? What should I do?