Square Foot Gardening Forum
[table bgcolor=#000000 height=275][tr][td]

Hello Guest!
Welcome to the official Square Foot Gardening Forum.
There's lots to learn here by reading as a guest. However, if you become a member (it's free, ad free and spam-free) you'll have access to our large vermiculite databases, our seed exchange spreadsheets, Mel's Mix calculator, and many more members' pictures in the Gallery. Enjoy.


[/td][/tr][/table]
Search
 
 

Display results as :
 

 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» What are you eating from your garden today?
by countrynaturals Today at 1:16 pm

» The Winter Journey and greenhouse plastic
by BeetlesPerSqFt Today at 11:14 am

» Tomato Questions
by brianj555 Today at 11:07 am

» Holy snow Batman!
by trolleydriver Today at 10:57 am

» First Frost!
by brianj555 Today at 10:18 am

» Senseless Banter...
by AtlantaMarie Today at 5:39 am

» Happy Birthday!!
by AtlantaMarie Today at 5:37 am

» N&C Midwest; November Already? 2017
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:34 pm

» How Many Square Feet Do You Have?
by Scorpio Rising Yesterday at 7:28 pm

» BOOK GIVEAWAY #5 - ENDS 11/17/17
by brianj555 Yesterday at 4:12 pm

» Microgreens Gardening
by Kelejan Yesterday at 3:30 pm

» My new compost heap
by Kelejan Yesterday at 3:20 pm

» What I learned this year
by countrynaturals Yesterday at 1:45 pm

» How's the Weather Where You're At?
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 9:26 am

» Today's Harvest
by trolleydriver Yesterday at 8:44 am

» First Tromboncino female flower
by countrynaturals 11/17/2017, 5:51 pm

» Third Year SFG in Canada
by trolleydriver 11/17/2017, 1:59 pm

» Free lunaria seeds
by hammock gal 11/17/2017, 10:12 am

» Plastic containers / trash cans?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 10:33 pm

» Mels book
by Scorpio Rising 11/16/2017, 7:04 pm

» Mid-Atl - Nov 2017 - Warming Up AGAIN?
by sanderson 11/16/2017, 4:17 pm

» 2017 SFG in Brooks, Ga
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:59 pm

» Goodbye to my SFG Raised Beds
by Turan 11/15/2017, 4:41 pm

» Pickle recipes
by sanderson 11/15/2017, 4:12 am

» What variety of avocado would you recommend?
by dstack 11/14/2017, 9:12 pm

» Saffron?
by plantoid 11/14/2017, 3:32 pm

» Free Sunchoke Tubers
by BeetlesPerSqFt 11/13/2017, 6:36 pm

» who has chickens
by AtlantaMarie 11/12/2017, 10:40 am

» Huge Box of Seeds from 2003!
by countrynaturals 11/11/2017, 10:17 pm

» New England Nov 2017
by Scorpio Rising 11/11/2017, 6:38 pm

Google

Search SFG Forum

Zucchini

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Zucchini

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/4/2011, 10:25 am

Taking up less space in the SFG

I just saw this Post on a blog I follow called "My Square Foot Garden" by someone named Emily. I am not a big fan of summer squash, but my son is and people that like getting baskets of vegetables from me like it.

I am going to try this method she posted for growing zucchini in a single square.

Have a look.
My Square Foot Garden by Emily



It is a little difficult to see from the pictures, even the video is a bit fuzzy (maybe it is my eyes). It looks like you plant a 4’ stake when you plant your zucchini (cucumbers too). The vine is trained up the stake and the top is pinched when it reaches 4’. After each fruit is harvested the leaf below it is also pinched off. The video does a good job explaining. There is a lot of video to slog through before getting to the zucchini, but the narrator has a lovely Australian accent to get all dreamy about while waiting. No worries, you will not fall in love with him because he is a row gardener.

Deborah…..who happens to have dozens of 2”x2”x4’ cedar deck rails that should be used for something.
avatar
Lavender Debs

Posts : 2054
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Everett, WA USA

View user profile http://songs-of-coming-rain.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  windrider1967 on 3/4/2011, 10:52 am

I can see how this technique can easily be used with square foot gardening - rather than utalizing a trellis system. Individual stakes with the plants trained on them would really help with getting the most out of every square foot. I never realized about pruning leaves below back once the fruit or veg has set. It makes sense tho, focuses the energy on the crop not extraneous leaves. Think I may have to get some 1 by or cut some.
avatar
windrider1967

Female Posts : 87
Join date : 2011-03-03
Age : 50
Location : delmarva peninsula

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  FarmerValerie on 3/4/2011, 11:12 am

I leave mine alone. I use the shade from the plant for shading other plants, or weed control. You can do just fine with 18" of space for your zukes and squash. I will be putting mine in my Three Sisters boxes this year, and I plan on letting everyone in that box do their thing.
avatar
FarmerValerie

Female Posts : 1611
Join date : 2011-01-29
Age : 51
Location : NE Texas, 75501, Zone 8a

View user profile http://www.rocksinmygarden.blogspot.com

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/4/2011, 11:18 am

Most do Val, but I have a small garden and need the space.
avatar
Lavender Debs

Posts : 2054
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Everett, WA USA

View user profile http://songs-of-coming-rain.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  dizzygardener on 3/4/2011, 12:01 pm

I like that method.

Anyone know if it might work with a bush type zucchini?
avatar
dizzygardener

Female Posts : 668
Join date : 2011-01-26
Location : WNC 6b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  quiltbea on 3/4/2011, 1:02 pm

I watched the whole video and loved it. I like his idea. I'm going to try it this spring with my zucchini for starters. The watering bit is informative, too.
avatar
quiltbea

Female Posts : 4693
Join date : 2010-03-21
Age : 75
Location : Southwestern Maine Zone 5A

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  Smartchick on 3/4/2011, 1:53 pm

I am so going to try this. I have some heavy metal 1/2" diameter poles that my brother got me that are about 4 feet long. I'm pretty sure they need to have zucchini growing up them!
avatar
Smartchick

Posts : 105
Join date : 2011-02-18
Location : Omaha, NE, Zone 5

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  TheVickster on 3/24/2011, 8:23 pm

Thanks for posting that link - it was great! I can't wait to try it. I am ALL ABOUT anything that saves space.
avatar
TheVickster

Posts : 59
Join date : 2010-08-23
Location : North Central Ohio

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  milaneyjane on 3/24/2011, 8:59 pm

I stumbled upon the same article last week and was amazed. I never thought of zucchini being trainable. I may try it this year too.
avatar
milaneyjane

Posts : 420
Join date : 2010-03-18
Location : MN Zone 4

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  Megan on 3/24/2011, 10:42 pm

I trained my rampicante very successfully on a trellis (before it truly rampicante-ized and took over). I used nylon stocking "footies", worked fine. Just be prepared to adjust the ties twice a day.
avatar
Megan

Female Posts : 3350
Join date : 2010-04-27
Age : 50
Location : Manassas, VA - Zone 7a

View user profile http://novasquarefootgardener.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  Old Hippie on 3/24/2011, 10:50 pm

@Megan wrote:I trained my rampicante very successfully on a trellis (before it truly rampicante-ized and took over). I used nylon stocking "footies", worked fine.

Megan, Jack and his beanstalk had nothing on your and your rampicante. Personally, I think it is too bad you trained your rampicante. If you had just left it, you could have sicked it on your neighbourhood garden police.

Gwynn
avatar
Old Hippie
Regional Hosts

Female Posts : 1156
Join date : 2010-08-12
Age : 66
Location : Canada 3b

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  Lavender Debs on 3/25/2011, 9:47 am

@Megan wrote:I trained my rampicante very successfully on a trellis ...snip.... Just be prepared to adjust the ties twice a day.
What do you mean be ready to adjust twice a day?
avatar
Lavender Debs

Posts : 2054
Join date : 2010-03-03
Age : 60
Location : Everett, WA USA

View user profile http://songs-of-coming-rain.blogspot.com/

Back to top Go down

Zucchini

Post  Goosegirl on 3/25/2011, 10:20 am

@Lavender Debs wrote:
@Megan wrote:I trained my rampicante very successfully on a trellis ...snip.... Just be prepared to adjust the ties twice a day.
What do you mean be ready to adjust twice a day?

Probably outgrows or busts them! lol!
avatar
Goosegirl

Female Posts : 3412
Join date : 2011-02-16
Age : 52
Location : Zone 4A - NE SD

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Staked zucchini

Post  florenceq on 3/25/2011, 2:39 pm

interesting..............I think I will give it a try on a few plants.
avatar
florenceq

Female Posts : 69
Join date : 2010-12-27
Age : 45
Location : Santee, CA 92071

View user profile

Back to top Go down

Re: Zucchini

Post  Sponsored content


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum