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Cucumbers

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Question: 507-1311
We started Cucumbers in virgin soil that was recently cleared from the woods. They did great the first year but not well last year.  We watered regularly. What happened? Rodney, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
This past year you did have a dry summer. Cukes love heat and water. They also use more phosphorus than other elements proportionally. You should rotate all crops to utilize all elements.Fruit crops like tomatoes and peppers and cucumbers will use more phosphorus. Lettuce, kale and other leaf vegetables will use more nitrogen. Root crops, like carrots, potatoes and beets need more potassium. You can use bone meal, manure and wood ash, if you want to use strictly organic. You can supplement with man made fertilizers. I would also use lime to release more of the essential elements, nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

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Question: 1141-2714
My cucumbers have white leaves now. What is it and how do I get rid of it? Becky, Gardner, MA

Mort's Answer:
Powdery mildew is a fungus that can be controlled with micronized sulphur and hydrated lime. Make a paste with two parts sulphur and one part lime. Add cold water as per directions on label for sulphur. if the mildew is light, sulphur alone should suffice. Benlate is another very effective fungicide but is not considered organic. You should also check for squash larvae in the stem. Infected plants are vulnerable to all kinds of pathogens. At an inch above the ground look at the inside of the translucent stem. If there is a brown or black spot inside, you can evict the squatter. Make a slit with a razor and use tweezers to evacuate the potential bug. As a stem grows so does the insect and the plant is not diminished until it fruits.

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Question: 1165-3814
My raised beds have produced well this year. I have a 19 inch butternut squash but my pickle cukes are lacking vitality. They have light brown leaves. Any thoughts? Bill, Ledyard, CT

Mort's Answer:
It could be sun scold or too much fertilizer. One possibility is a squash bug in the stem near the ground. Symptoms usually show near fruition. Look for a brown or black spot in the translucent stem. It can be removed with a razor slit and tweezers. It is likely that your cucumbers will survive with this warmer weather and outgrow any malady at this point with the possible exception of the squash bug getting in the pickle.

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Question: 1434-2617
My cucumbers are not doing well this year. I have killed a lot of squash bug and we have had too much rain. George, Boaz, AL

Mort's Answer:
Almost all of the East Coast have shared this excess of rain. You could add hydrated lime to absorb a lot of the moisture. I would check for squash bug larvae in the stems. You can see them through the translucent stems about an inch from the ground. You need cut a thin line with a razor knife perpendicular to the ground in the stem. Pull out the little bug with a tweezer.

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