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Post  brittsgrams on 4/17/2010, 7:47 pm

I love squash! I have 3 4x4x6 boxes and want to can squash this year along with the tomatos ect. I know squash plants tend to be big - any suggestions as to how to fit this in with my other reg. veggies i am planting? Thanks!

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Post  timwardell on 4/17/2010, 9:19 pm

If you want to have room in your boxes for any other veggies you may want to plant the squash on the corners so they can spill over the sides.
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Post  jenjehle on 4/17/2010, 10:31 pm

There is info out there about training your climbers to go up. In other words, vertical. Last year, I tried this with my zucchini. I staked it and worked with it to go up instead of out. This went pretty well but not as perfect as I'd like. You could probably do a google search on training vining plants vertical and I thought that the SFG book even discussed training the vines to go up instead of out.


Also, you could purchase varieties of squash that are bush type instead of vining. Then read up about trimming some of the stalks off so it's not such a space hog.

I love butternut, it's my fav. So I'm trying a bush variety this year.

All in all, I know it's possible to do squash in a raised SFG bed like this but I just think some plants are really best spreading out and taking up tons of room like they've always done

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Post  WardinWake on 4/18/2010, 5:46 am

@brittsgrams wrote:I love squash! I have 3 4x4x6 boxes and want to can squash this year along with the tomatos ect. I know squash plants tend to be big - any suggestions as to how to fit this in with my other reg. veggies i am planting? Thanks!

Howdy: Two of the things that were in an issue of "Organic Gardening" mag earlier this year was to plant onions and garlic in the same bed with squash. This is a companion planting type of thing that is reported to be a deterrent to squash bugs, which damaged most of my squash plants last year.

God Bless, Ward.
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Post  Retired Member 1 on 4/18/2010, 9:31 am

Mel discusses this on the website: http://www.squarefootgardening.com/qnastart
click on "plants and herbs", then "mel's column", then the picture of the zucchini. Looks like a lot of work, but might be worth it since you like squash so much.

BTW, winter squashes will climb a trellis on their own.

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Post  brittsgrams on 4/18/2010, 11:47 am

Corners, did not think of that thank you very much for the posts ya'll. I am so eager to get all in the ground I may just have to till up an area just for my squash and leave the room in the sqft for all else. And thanks for the companion planting information as well!

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Post  Bec on 5/26/2010, 8:18 am

Regarding planting in a corner, how many squares should I still use if I plan on letting them spill over the sides? I can't plant them in the ground, ground full of pebbles and stones under the grass. Sad Also don't have as much planting space in my boxes as I had planned for. My MM didn't fill my boxes high enough and I have a whole box with no mix in it. Go figure - I must have calculated wrong. Anyway, I'm trying to maneuver what I can into my boxes and having to just not plant some stuff. I like the corner idea though. Maybe I can plant two summer squashes then. I got the seeds last year and my guess is they're the bush variety. The package doesn't say. Last year I planted them twice (in the ground then but different yard this year) and got nothing. But last year was a bad gardening year around here.

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Post  Shoda on 5/27/2010, 2:29 pm

I have a related question about summer squash planting. I allowed lots of room around my zucchini plants. I was wondering though if anyone had tried planting a root vegetable in the squares around the squash. I was thinking of something like onions or carrots -- a vegetable that likes cooler temps and doesn't have a leaf crop to harvest.

I have planted some radishes which are growing well but I was thinking about a more long term crop! Anyone give it a try before?
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Post  timwardell on 5/27/2010, 3:36 pm

@Shoda wrote:I have a related question about summer squash planting. I allowed lots of room around my zucchini plants. I was wondering though if anyone had tried planting a root vegetable in the squares around the squash. I was thinking of something like onions or carrots -- a vegetable that likes cooler temps and doesn't have a leaf crop to harvest.

I have planted some radishes which are growing well but I was thinking about a more long term crop! Anyone give it a try before?
I have a square of onions next to a zuke... at least I think it's still there. I can't really see it. Another thing I did was plant my yellow summer squash in a square then planted lettuce in all the surrounding squares. By the time the squash leaves got big enough to shade out the lettuce, it was bitter and done for the year so I pulled it up. Nonetheless I got to use those squares for a spring crop before the summer crop took over. Very Happy
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Post  Megan on 5/27/2010, 3:47 pm

I planted a bunch of onion sets around my squash, probably will put in a few more, too. Will see what happens!
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Post  Shoda on 5/29/2010, 11:55 am

Thanks. I think I will try a few different root "long term" root crops around the edges and see what happens! It is certainly worth a try.
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