Not sure if I did something right or if it’s just a good year for squash? The summer so far has been damp and off to a slow start, less than ideal squash weather, aren’t squash suppose to like it hot? I started all my squash(zucchini, scaloppini, butternut and pumpkin) from seed directly in the ground, not a single transplant this year, I kept all the squash covered under cloches until they could be cloched no more and their leaves were pressing against all sides. This time last year I was already harvesting baby zucs, but all the squash were covered with powdery mildew, so much so that I lost my winter squash in the seedling stage and they never even produced a single flower.
This year the puzzling thing is despite the rainy weather, all my squash winter and summer are doing surprisingly well, big green leaves, tons of flower buds and barley a trace of powdery mildew in sight. I am growing the same varieties of squash as last year, I still had seeds left over from the same seed packages. Could cloching squash in their early life really have made such a fundamental difference? Did forgoing transplanting “stress” help to establish healthier plants? I am not an expert in any of this but it seems to me we have had the worst spring to try and start squash and somehow my squash are thriving. I’ll have to see if it works again next year? or if this was just a lucky year?