Thursday, 29 November 2007

Bed 10: Squash

Bed 10:
Squash

Delicata squash from Phoenix Seeds were planted this year. Planted 24 July 07 potted on 21 Sept 07 and planted out on 23 Oct 07 to Bed 10.

Planted to grow on the mesh that was attached to West end of Bed 10 structure for shade and wind protection.
High winds shortly after planting meant that I had to attached shade cloth to this mesh.

Growing requirements:
Latin Name: Cucurbita pepo var. pepo
Family: Cucurbitaceae
Soil: They like a fertile, humus rich, well drained soil.
Sow: Spring and Summer after all threat of frost.
pH: 6.5 - 7
Spacing: 60 - 90cms apart allow them room to sprawl

My Notes
Direct seeding is best but if season is short raise in containers that allow easy planting with minimal root disturbance.
Water with drippers, or at ground level to keep leaves dry and lessen chance of powdery mildew.
May need to be hand pollinated.

Companion plants:
Beans
Corn
Nasturtiums
Radish.

Sources:
Organic Vegetable Growing by Annette McFarlane
The Australian Organic Gardener's Handbook by Keith Smith
Carrots Love Tomatoes by Louise Riotte
Southern Holdings Easy Guide to Companion Planting and Seed Sowing
Companion Planting in Australia by Brenda Little

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