Good, Unsolicited Advice About Squash

At Easter brunch with Brian’s family the table started to talk about gardens, primarily because I got out photos of our new raised bed garden. Brian and I are pretty excited about the early success we’ve had on our first raised bed garden. Our first garden of any kind for that matter.

I mentioned that we had a beautiful yellow squash plant that I had high hopes for. Brian’s grandfather said that he only had a few of about ten come up this year and went on to say that he was glad he had at least more than one. He suggested that I should have two as well. More than one? Oh my gosh! I’m a doofus.

I had originally planted two yellow squash plants in my raised bed garden right next to each other. More out of segmentation than any sort of intelligent plan. But, as soon as they came up, I realized they were going to be simply too large for their current location. Lesson learned: Read the seed packet and take it seriously. Yes, you can plant vegetables closer together than usual in a raised bed garden but not the mounding gourds. You just can’t, I tried, . They’re going to take over. Not to mention that I read a few weeks after planting the squash that they’re “voracious eaters.”

So, not thinking much about it I moved one to a large pot in the front yard and one to a large pot in the backyard. It never occurred to me that I’d be more successful if I had them together for proper fertilization!

You… like… learn that in middle school biology. I’m pretty sure they even use squash as the example for the lesson on plant reproduction in the textbook. Gawl.

Fortunately, we live in a pretty hippy part of town and several of my neighbors have bee hives so I have had a few squash develop, but I’ve also had quite a few blooms fall off the stems with no fruit left behind!

This eureka! moment worked out perfectly to solve two problems I was having:

I noticed that the backyard yellow squash plant was wilting in the early afternoon even with moist soil. Here in Texas sometimes you have to translate full-sun into part-sun for some plants. The heat, intensity and length of the day can be too much for some plants that would otherwise be full-sun in other zones or climates. So, the space that I moved its partner to is part-sun and that plant is seemingly doing well, putting on blooms and growing well.

Secondly, I had a cute potted plant arrangement along my driveway that needed some extra oomph. A bright leafy squash plant will do just the trick!

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I have a dolly for my work. If you don’t have one for your garden tasks, I’d highly recommend it for situations such as this! Scooting a super heavy pot onto a dolly is much easier than lifting it into a wheelbarrow even!

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