So these will be our final squash and zukes of the season. Which is totally fine due to the huge ones I pulled a few days ago and the 6-9 bags full I already have frozen!
Pulling the squash and zukes gave us a chance to see exactly how big each plant had gotten. Here is a picture of ONE (yes ONE) squash plant. Seriously, this is one plant....one pull of one set of roots.
That's about 4'-5' of plant there.
I was also able to see why my zukes weren't as productive as my squash. Something got a hold of them. They all looked like this:
What you are seeing is a very small root ball and a lot of dead foliage mixed in with some live foliage. I am not sure what happened. They don't appear diseased, no evidence of chewing. Just entire stems were dead, while the plant itself was still alive.
I direct sowed these, so I never really knew how many distinct plants I had until now. I pulled 9 squash plants and 8 zukes. In my final report, I'll let you know how many pounds of fruit these plants yielded.