Water, Weeding and Maintenance Tips

Winter squashes grow best in soil that doesn’t stay too wet, so infrequent watering is recommended. Drip irrigation or a soaker hose are excellent ways to water your squash and ensure that they get a good deep watering each time. Drip irrigation will also keep the foliage dry and help to avoid many common diseases. Powdery mildew is a common disease that may appear if your winter squashes’ leaves stay too wet. As the winter squash fruit starts to mature, you can reduce watering.

Weeding is critical for growing healthy squash, especially when they’re young. Pest and common diseases often breed in weeds and garden litter, so clean up your garden frequently. A good weeder or cultivator will ensure healthy squash plants in your garden.

Once your plants begin to product fruit, you can begin to train and cut back the vine so that your winter squash produce more fruits. You can trim back the vines when at least two squash are present. Remove the newest vine growth within about ten inches of where the last fruit appears on the vine.

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