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any suggestions to train summer squash to grow vertically?

Posted by txnewtogardening TX (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 6, 08 at 13:55

Hello-

I am a first time vegetable gardener. We have a small square plot where we are growing corn, yellow squash and watermelon. Seeds were placed in: corn-squash-corn-watermelon-corn-squash-corn configuration. The crops to the right of the watermelon row are taking off and We've enjoyed some of the squash already.

My question is... Is it too late to build and train the squash to grow vertically? If I still have time, what suggestions do you have for me to rig a vertical structure to guide them, hopefully without damaging the plants? How do you secure the plants to the structure to train them? Please help.

The reason I'm asking is that as the weather warms, the corn will take off, and the squash may not have adequate sun.

Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions!


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RE: any suggestions to train summer squash to grow vertically?

Is your summer squash a vining type? How far between it and the other plants? It may be possible to sink 6' T-post 2-3' apart and wire either field fence or cut pieces of Cattle Panel between them if you have the room. Then, you just start training the vine up the fence/panel tying the vine using cotton strips from an old T-shirt.

Here is a link that might be useful: Trellised cucumbers


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RE: any suggestions to train summer squash to grow vertically?

Thanks tomncath for your suggestion and picture. I like your setup for the cucumbers.

I didn't think that I could grow them in pots so I planted my seeds in the ground. Are there advantages to planting in pots versus in ground?

The spacing between my squash plants is about 6" apart, and the spacing between each row is probably 12" apart.

Do you think a similar setup will work? Or will I need to do individual posts? I don't know how deep I can go into the ground so I don't know if individual posts will be adequate support. I probably need to add a little bit more soil and top it with mulch now that the weather is really warming up.


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RE: any suggestions to train summer squash to grow vertically?

Hard to say, remember that we're geographically VERY different. I can tell you that my benefit from the pots with trellising is control of worms and powdery mildew, which I was very successful at...being able to spray Thuricide (BT) on BOTH sides of the leaves definitely kept the worms at bay, and having the leaves so far up off the ground significantly reduced the powdery mildew problem.

Good luck!

Tom


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RE: any suggestions to train summer squash to grow vertically?

  • Posted by tomncath 9B(microclimate 10A) (My Page) on
    Sun, Jun 22, 08 at 8:38

New tag, photo embedded:

Winter Cucumbers 2008 - 2


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RE: any suggestions to train summer squash to grow vertically?

Hi I am new too. I live in PA and I haven't had time to profile. I have a small garden space (no corn)with yellow longneck squash. This year I will cut the leaves back once the flowers bloom, so the sqush fruit can get sun. I will let you know the results??? The Indians grew corn, squash, and green beans together because green beans give nitorgen for corn to grow. Haydiann15@yahoo.com...Daisy


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RE: any suggestions to train summer squash to grow vertically?

Hi I am new too. I live in PA and I haven't had time to profile. I have a small garden space (no corn)with yellow longneck squash. This year I will cut the leaves back once the flowers bloom, so the sqush fruit can get sun. I will let you know the results??? The Indians grew corn, squash, and green beans together because green beans give nitorgen for corn to grow. Haydiann15@yahoo.com...Daisy


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RE: any suggestions to train summer squash to grow vertically?

Yarn, and crossing fingers


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