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CUCUMBER, SQUASH AND MELONS

While each plant is classified as a different species and is a member of a different genus, they are all related. They share similar growing and care requirements and have similar physical characteristics as well. Do research on the variety being planted and weather or not they can be planted together. This is typically only an issue if the seeds are planned on being saved.

 

Plant seeds in the garden as soon as the soil is warm and dry to give these crops the greatest number of hot days. Get a head start starting seed indoors, two to three weeks before the last frost, then transplant seedlings to the garden no sooner than two weeks after the last frost. Do research on the variety being planted. Depending on the variety, it can take any where from 55 to 140 days to reach full maturity.

 

Before planting, mix in generous amounts of Kristy K Organics Compost or well-rotted manure. A substitute amendment that could also be mixed into the soil are worm castings. If increased drainage is needed, add in some Kristy K Organics Rice Hulls.

 

Create a planting mound for each plant to further improve drainage.