One crop I’ve always had great success with is squash. I grow lots of them, for many different reasons. They’re delicious, expensive in the shops, look great, and store for ages. If I could only grow one thing, my head might well tell me to choose squashes.
However, I cannot take credit for the quality of the squashes. The plaudits lay with my mum and her awesome method for planting out the squashes.
Step one is to dig a hole about the depth of a spade:
Next, scoop in a few trowel fulls of well-rotted manure, mix it into the soil with the trowel, and water generously.
Once the water has drained, pop the plant out of its pot, and set it in the hole.
Fill the hole in with the dug-out soil until the roots are covered. The plant should still be lower than the top of the hole, leaving it sat in a depression, like a fort. When you water the plant, the juice will then be trapped in around the roots, just where it is needed most.
Put a stick next to the plant. This will mark where the roots are when it goes nuts in mid-summer and the bed turns in to one big squash vine.
Finally, give it water. You can see below how the water stays in the depression.
With plenty of watering and some nice hot sun, I’ll hopefully need the wheelbarrow to get my squashes home again this Autumn.