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no idea how to plant winter squash seeds

Posted by maxlife92 none (My Page) on
Wed, Apr 11, 12 at 0:11

This my very first garden and the rest of my plants I am buying as starter plants..which I also have no idea his to do but my question right now is how do I plant the seeds I just revieved from johnny's seeds? They are organic kabocha. Seeds and I have no idea how much room to give the whole plot,how many seeds in each hole.,how deep.,far apart.,if they need a support,or how many sausages to expect. ??obviously any advice would be great. Thank you :)


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RE: no idea how to plant winter squash seeds

Kabocha is a vining squash and while the central part of the plant will be approx. 3' in diameter, the vines will get 5 to 6' long (or longer depending on the soil fertility and growing conditions) so it needs plenty of room.

Squash is normally planted in a small hill of soil with a shallow trench around the base to hold water and lots of space around it with 2-3 plants per hill. Make the hill 6-8" tall, flatten and smooth the top, plant 4 spaced seeds in the top and then save the best 2 plants after they sprout. Water and feed the plants well and monitor closely for squash bugs.

How many squash (sausages???) you will get all depends on how fertile your soil is and how well the blooms are pollinated. Many of us hand pollinate regularly to insure good production. There is a FAQ here about how to do that.

Check out all the pics linked below of the plants and be sure to check out the discussions on the Pumpkins & Squash forum here too.

Dave

Here is a link that might be useful: Kabocha squash pics


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