aphids? blossom end rot?
Hey hey... I'm trying my hand at square foot gardening for the first time this year and my plants have gone CRAZY... we've had a few problems to contend with already though... one was aphids on my peas. It got so bad that I ended up having to pull up all of the peas and starting over. Ugh. Now I've seen aphids on several lower leaves of my cucumber plant. I am trying to spray them off with water, but other than that I'm not sure what to do... and there are SO MANY leaves it's hard to check each individual one. Any tips for aphids? Other than that the other problem I've been having is blossom end rot on my zucchini... We've had a lot of baby zucchinis pop up, but every one of them has succumbed to blossom-end rot... they get yellow and shriveled on the blossom end of the fruit. Should I leave them there once they get like that, or pick them and get rid of them? Also, there are tons of huge leaves on the zucchini plant... like a TON... and a few of them are turning brown in spots... like really diseased-looking. I can't tell if there is any bug causing it, but... should I leave those leaves there or cut them off? And if I cut them, should I cut them at the base of their "stalk" or right at the leaf? Is there any harm or good in pruning extra leaves from a zucchini plant? I'd like to get rid of some of the huger ones if possible because they're shading my other plants. :( Even though I keep tying them up. Zucchini tips please? We are fertilizing weekly with miracle gro veggie fertilizer... should we keep doing that or are we possibly over fertilizing them? We started because of the blossom-end rot on the zucchinis (thinking it was missing some nitrogen or something) but it hasn't helped (it's been several weeks). Thanks in advance!