Awash in Squash, HopefullyGrati, · Categories: Front Yard Garden, How I Grew It, Vegetables · Tags: butternut, germinate, seedlings, squash, terrace, transplant, trellis, Waltham, winter
Oh, the unbridled enthusiasm I feel with each new batch of seedlings! I started a half-dozen varieties of winter squash in small pots filled with peat moss; I planted some Waltham Butternut, Buttercup, Bush Buttercup, Spaghetti squash, Jack-Be-Little pumpkins, and I’m gambling on some yellow straight-neck squash also–vine borers typically wipe these out, but perhaps they won’t since I’m planting this late in the season. I was thrilled to have a nearly 100% germination rate, even though the packet expiration dates were in October 2013. That means more work, of course, as I have had to prepare more of my “in-ground clay planters” for the seedlings to grow in. I actually had success using this method last year, (see Fun With Bad Clay) so stay tuned as we walk through the production of (hopefully) a bumper squash crop!
I wasn’t quite done transplanting all the seedlings when I strained my back badly enough that I will be sidelined for a couple of days. While I am resting, icing my back, and twiddling my thumbs, I might as well start documenting this project. The following slideshow shows what I’ve done and how I’ve done it thus far.