Growing squash in this type of garden container will increase the size of your squash harvest three fold.
The earliest squash was grown by native South Americans between 5 and 6 thousand years ago and was one three plants that made up the “three sisters”. The three sisters was an ancient method of growing beans, squash and maize all together in a hill. The beans supplied nitrogen to the soil for growing corn, the corn provided tall stalks on for the beans to climb and squash gave grown cover protecting the roots of corn plants.
Squash is surprisingly a popular vegetable to grow in the garden as old traditions are passed down from family to family. Squash is an important vegetable for the fall season for traditional holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Growing Squash In A Container Container
For most people, squash would be considered an unusual plant for anyone to grow in a garden container. Most squash plants will sprout after a few days in a pot or planter, however it will stop growing after a week or two. The reasons are a mystery to many gardeners who have tried unsuccessfully to grow squash in containers for years. It may be that the plants simply get too hot from the sun radiating up from the dark black earth in the container. It may also be the height of the container or the difficulty regulating a regular water supply. What’s needed is a garden container that promotes the growth of squash plants.
Companion Planters™ give squash plants what they need to grow in a container beginning with root protection. More importantly a Companion Planter™ delivers a steady supply of water directly to the root system of each plant ensuring optimum plant growth. One Companion Planter™ will grow up to 32 squash plants depending on the types of squash plants you want to grow. That many squash plants will produce between 200 and 300 squash; all growing in a 30 by 30 foot space.
Watch the gardening video below and learn how to grow all types of squash including Hubbard squash, Acorn squash, Spaghetti squash, Turbine squash, Butternut squash, Buttercup squash, Delicata squash, Gooseneck squash, Indian Bitter Moon squash and Patty Pans.
|How To Grow Squash In A Companion Planter™
How To Make The Best Garden Soil For Growing Squash
Garden soil mixtures for growing squash should contain adequate amounts of good, clean organic matter such as organic animal manure and aged compost. Garden soil with a pH range of between 5.4 and 6.8 will grow great squash.
Watch the garden soil video below and learn how to make a soil containing the right mix manure and compost needed to grow the best squash.
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How To Grow Squash In Pots
How to grow squash including helpful growing squash tips like why you should keep it wet, going for the jugular, why its best to eat their young and how to prune vines to promote growth.
Keep It Wet
Make sure that the soil within the Companion Planter™ is kept moist and does not dry out. Use the Little Irrigator™ with the bubble irrigation attachment to water the plant roots directly and avoid watering from above with the exception of rainfall. Excess water on squash leaves will encourage the spread of fungal disease which shows up as splotchy brown patches on the leaves in late summer, eventually drying them out and killing the squash plant. As your leaves start to die, your squash will stop growing. Something you definitely want to avoid.
Go For The Jugular
Harvest your squash by using a sharp knife to cut the stem about 2 or 3 inches from the vine. Cover the cut end of the vine with an old fashioned clothes pin to seal off the cut part of the vine to save water and prevent the cut end of vine from drying out.
Eat Their Young
Harvest your squash when they are very young, when fruit size averages between 4 and 5 inches long or 2 inches in diameter. This is when squash is at its most tender and perfect for steaming.
Prune Vines To Promote Growth
If you keep picking off their young, the plant will become more productive giving you even more of their sons and daughters to consume throughout the season. To increase yields even further, try pollinating the flowers yourself using a small hobby paintbrush. Like a bee, all you have to go from flower to flower, sharing the pollen that has attached to the brush.
You may want your squash to grow as big as possible depending on the types of squash you are growing. If you want bigger but fewer squash, continue to pick off flowers after 2 or 3 young squash have formed on the vine.
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