Whitish mold on squash plants
Hi, I have a small vegetable garden in my backyard. I plant yellow squash, cucumbers and butternut squash every year. All of the plants start out well and bear a small amount of vegetables but then the leaves start to form a whitish looking mold and all remaining vegetables seem to start to rot. I fertilize with miracle grow and water daily. I even moved my garden from one side of the yard to the other with no luck. Do you have any suggestions as to what this is? Thank-you!
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

The white mold on the leaves is called powdery mildew, and it is common on the crops you've listed. However, stop watering every day--that's unnecessary and is probably causing the rotting problem. Water once per week--about an inch of water each time. The garden needs to be in full sun (minimum of 6 hours direct sun), with good air circulation, and the soil should drain well. I would also not feed more often than every two weeks. You can try using a preventive anti-fungal spray made for food crops (such as this one: http://www.gardensalive.com/product.asp?pn=2325) , but it's most effective  if you use it repeatedly over the growing season.

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