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by donnainzone5 3/27/2017, 10:09 pm
I'm guessing the 'recommended spacing' has more to do with the soil than anything. With the super-rich Mel's Mix, and adequate vertical spacing, six feet seems excessive. Last year, I grew huge winter squashes in less-than-package-recommended spacing by training them up the fence and planting them in a hay-bale surrounded bed.
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I'm assuming that gourds are similar to winter squash as far as their spacing needs. And, as you'll read in the All New Square Foot Gardening book (which I highly recommend you borrow or buy if you haven't already), winter squash can be planter 1 plant per 2 square feet, as long as it's climbing up.
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