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Watermelon, zucchini, butternut - 2 squares?

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Watermelon, zucchini, butternut - 2 squares?

Post  Warbler on 5/16/2012, 10:09 am

I have a watermelon hardening off from the nursery, and a zucchini already in its square -both of them up against a trellis. And will be planting butternut soon. Question: I only just discovered in my re-reading and checking that they are supposed to be one plant to two squares. Right now in my "plans" I have against the trellis Sugar Snap Peas, the planned watermelon (still on my porch hardening off), zucchini, and an indeterminate tomato. Next row away from the trellis in the same order is carrots, broccoli, beets, and broccoli.

Am I in trouble here?

And the butternut squash - I totally forgot to plan him. I'm out of trellis space. I have another box with trellis - but it has green peppers, cucumbers, sweet million tomatoes, and pole beans.

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Post  rowena___. on 5/16/2012, 11:28 am

i plant all of those at one per square.


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Post  GWN on 5/16/2012, 11:31 am

The thing that I am always trying to determine is whether the designation of squares is purely based on root space or leaf space.
I have planted many of these things that tend to sprawl a lot in small square footage away from other things, OR even as a pot with a hole in the ground filled with mels mix.


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Re: Watermelon, zucchini, butternut - 2 squares?

Post  walshevak on 5/16/2012, 12:59 pm

I have my squash planned and/or planted 1 per 2 squares on the edges, but I also plan to let them fall over the edge of my table top. I expect I'll have to trim leaves on the side that faces the middle squares as they are not vining.

First time growing melons. The watermelons and cantaloupe are in a bed to themselves with a cattle panel trellis on both the east and west sides of the box. I planted 2 cantaloupe per square along the north side and 1 watermelon per 2 squares in the rest of the box. Hopefully I can part the vines down the middle and send them to the panels.

Since okra grows quite tall and since I don't care for it unless pickled, I put 2 plants in the middle of the watermelons. I'm convinced the melons need the space for the vine not the root.

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