Squash, Cucumber, Melon & Pumpkin
Squash, cucumber, melon and pumpkin all have the same basic growing requirements. They perform best in warm soils in full sun that are rich in organic matter and well-drained.
Some varieties like zucchini squash are very prolific and start producing fruit at an early age while pumpkins and melons require a long growing season to set fruit and ripen.
1. Water the planting area the day before planting.
2. Using Pike Planting Mix combine one part native soil and one part planting mix.
3. At the same time, use E.B. Stone Tomato and Vegetable Food as a pre-plant fertilizer and apply at the indicated rate.
4. Plant seeds or young plants in slightly raised mounds.
5. Firmly tap soil to remove any air pockets.
6. Water in with Liquinox B1.
1. Feed monthly with E.B. Stone Tomato and Vegetable Food.
2. Apply one application of an iron supplement in mid-spring or early-summer.
Soil should be kept moist but not overly wet. Good drainage is a must. To water efficiently, water between 6-10am and water until just before you see run-off.
Squash plants are usually non-vining plants and require no special attention. Pumpkins on the other hand produce mammoth vines that need to be guided.
Some varieties of melons and cucumbers are compact growing or bush-types but their predecessors are quite vine-like and can be grown on trellises or netting to save space. Heavy fruit should be supported by cloth slings.
Powdery mildew is the most troubling disease. At the first sign, spray with Bonide Fruit and Vegetable 3 in 1.