December 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm #256303
I planted “golden summer crookneck” zucchini seeds from greenpatch organic. They state the zukes should be yellow in colour with a smooth skin. Here is what I harvested this morning;
not exactly smooth… the other 3 plants are producing the same. This particular one was only 20cm long and when cut open the seeds are too well developed to be edible 🙁
Does anyone know whats happened? Are these likely to be a cross-breed?
I guess I’ll be ripping out the plants and getting some regular bunnings seedlings as I wont have time to get some more heirloom seeds.
As an addit: my yin yan and borlotti beans have all carked it. I’m assuming a deficiency of some sort as the leaves yellowed with dark green veins, then totally yellowed, then died. Does anyone have any ideas on how to combat this as I’d like to try again with them this season. My veggie beds are wicking style and mainly made up of aged horse manure. Cheers 🙂December 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm #516913
Thats one creepy looking zuke!
I cant help with most your things, but i had trouble with peas and snow peas this season. I think it was over fertilizing them. I used a fish emulsion on everything and it killed the peas… Perhaps your soil has too much of the good stuff?!December 27, 2011 at 5:31 pm #516914
No that is a rough skinned yellow crook necked squash. The picture on the greenharvest site looks a lot like yours.
I have seen smooth skinned ones as well. Perhaps you seed supplier just got the 2 confused.
I buy everything from greenharvest now. They haven’t ever let me down.December 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm #516915
Also I am not where abouts in australia you are. It is way to hot for beans here now. I only have snake beans growing.December 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm #516916
Yes, it is a crookneck squash. I used to grow these. I would agree that they must have been confused.December 27, 2011 at 10:28 pm #516917
I grow the same things and call them crook-neck zucchini :shrug: They are very sweet – nicer than normal zukes. I pick them smaller than yours so the seeds aren’t as developed. Otherwise if a bit bigger, just cut them in half, scoop out the seeds and cook as normal.
As for your beans, I CANNOT grow borlotti, yin yang or other bush beans here. CANNOT. I believe it’s the clay soil – they don’t like wet feet. I’m guessing you have a similar problem in a wicking bed. Are you in a position to make a simple frame from posts/string/discarded wire bed base/gate etc to grow climbing beans? They are much easier to grow in wet/clay/poor soils I have found. I can send you some different types if you like? PM me if so.December 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm #516918
I’m sad I gave the ones I picked to the chooks! Should have scooped out the seeds and eaten them 🙂
I think you may be on the money with the bush beans and wet feet Bel. I have some ‘lazy housewife’ beans growing in a different part of the garden and they are going great guns. You are very sweet to offer seeds 🙂December 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm #516919
No problems, just say the word. I have plenty of climbing beans to spare – several different varieties 🙂
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