We are a newly formed couple , both enjoy gardening. We are of retirement age and have had our own gardens in the past , but we have become somewhat rusty in the particulars of a successful garden. We began this early summer with just a few annual flowers , and they grew and bloomed as expected . We also tried our luck with one vegetable , CUCUMBER , the seeds were planted with care in a well prepared spot in the back yard. The plants sprouted and leaves formed really well , and we were already counting the number of baskets we were soon to be harvesting. BUT , something awfull went wrong. The leaves began to wither , seemingly die one after another and soon . The first leaves that developed were the first to die , new growth leaves seemed to be green and healthy , and we thought that maybe we'd see a few cucumbers at least. But , no . Soon the whole vine of beautiful green leaves seemed to dry up and die. Not a good start for us , so if we are to succeed we need to find some answers and know in advance what needs to be done to grow longlasting vegetables in the garden. So here we are at square one.
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Aug 19, 2012 | 10:51 AM PST
Sounds like either downy mildew or a Colorado cucumber beetle infestation, Linda. Downy mildew is difficult to deal with. It frequently occurs when there is high humidity and the plants are close together. If possible, burn the vines when they wither up. Cucumber beetle is even more difficult, especially here where many pesticides like Seven are banned. It's best to avoid planting any vine crops for three years if beetles have attacked.
Aug 19, 2012 | 10:53 AM PST
p.s. Beans are one of the easiest and most disease-resistant plants to grow. There are some exciting varieties out there. I like butter beans and scarlet runners. The runners put on a really nice show on an appropriate support.