super squash planting method

Mum’s Super Squash Planting Method

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:

first step for squash planting method

Next, scoop in a few trowel fulls of well-rotted manure, mix it into the soil with the trowel, and water generously.

preparing for squash planting

Once the water has drained, pop the plant out of its pot, and set it in the hole.

squash planting

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.

squash planting method

Finally, give it water. You can see below how the water stays in the depression.

super squash planting method

With plenty of watering and some nice hot sun, I’ll hopefully need the wheelbarrow to get my squashes home again this Autumn.

11 thoughts on “Mum’s Super Squash Planting Method”

  1. Fantasticly timed post! I’m planting out my squash at the weekend and even though we had a bumper crop last year I was wondering if there was any way I could do even better this year… Looks like this is a great plan! Thanks 🙂

  2. do your mum’s super methods apply to courgette? I’ve planted two of mine out, but I am coddling the final one indoors for a bit longer – it’s huge and looks like it’s going to set flower indoors if I’m not careful!

    lots of manure, that’s what you need. Sadly I buy mine in bags from the garden centre, but still..

    1. Hi Maria & Paul, thanks for your comments.

      I should have said I planted my courgettes and cucumbers this way too. They’re all basically the same veg so should work the same way.

      Good luck!

      1. I hate those little bugs. Just when enyhetrivg is looking great-zap, those pesky bugs crop up. Here is the best info I have seen on it.Use high pressure when applying liquid insecticides to ensure penetration of the dense plant foliage and thorough coverage to the nymphs which often are on the undersides of leaves. Using a duster will also work. Subsequent treatments are usually required due to the continual presence of egglaying squash bugs. Carbaryl (Sevin) and permethrin (Hi-Yield Garden, Pet Livestock Dust, Ortho Bug-B-Gon Multi-Purpose Garden Dust, Green Thumb Multipurpose Garden and Pet Dust)It is especially critical to reduce the overwintering population of squash bugs by working the soil and/or removing foliage and fruit immediately after harvest. This deprives nymphs of the necessary food source to complete their development. Also, recently formed adults are denied a food source with which to build up the sufficient amounts of body food reserves required to see them through winter.Best of luck,Julia

  3. Hi – I am doing something similar for my squashes. I read it in a book but good to know it works.

    Cant wait for my first squash harvest

  4. I’ve never eaten a squash, never mind grown one! However, I’m trying a courgette (plant) for the first time this year. It’s awfully small right now, only about four inches high, but I’m going to plant it out in a container this evening and see what happens 🙂

  5. I’m deffo doing this… dug the bed today and am planting out tomorrow. I agree with the above poster – perfectly timed blog. Pumpkins and squash are my favourite veg to grow – the colour is amazing against the green foliage and the taste is wonderful too.

  6. I planted the last of my Squash type plants this evening, had to wait till after the rain just so I could put the fork in the ground as it’s been like concrete at the allotment.
    My savings for this year now total £35.91, I’ve harvested the grand total of £92.18 worth of fruit and veg from the plot so far this year and I’m starting to struggle to keep up with the Raspberries. I need bigger containers for my next trip to pick 🙂
    Good luck for the wedding, hope you have great weather.

    1. Hi Lea,

      That’s great news!

      I’m jealous of your raspberries. Mine are yet to do anything much.

      It seems soft fruit is the thing to grow for the biggest savings.

  7. My mom loves plant and she loves to plant any kind of vegetable plant in our garden. So far she planted 15 different kinds of vegetables and all of them are healthy.

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