Cj Jones wrote:Thanks so much for posting these, Steve. It's astounding to see the progress from the may shot of the fledgling plants making first true leaves. Your growth rate is incredible. A testament to your soil and how happy they are shading/helping each other. Looking forward to trying this intensive method!
Jen Fulkerson wrote: I just try to help keep the soil as healthy as I can, and I plant as much as I can get in a space, veggies, herbs, and flowers. It looks like a messy jungle, but I have very little pest problems and get amazing production, at least the last couple of years.
Steve Thorn wrote:Big little baby squash plant!
These squash were planted by simply scattering the seed on the soil and doing a light mixing of the seeds into a thin mulch layer on top.
They won't be watered at all this year except by the rain.
I time the planting of the seeds right before a rain, so that they get watered in naturally soon after being planted.
Steve Thorn wrote:I also wouldn't thin them either as long as there is enough room.
Even if there wasn't enough room I'd still probably let them grow, I admit I'm a plant genetics hoarder, and want their to be as many opportunities for genetic diversity as possible to hopefully strengthen the next generation.
I usually let my plants go and the strongest survive on their own. Sometimes the late starters will catch up to the first plants and be even better so I always hate to cull them until I get a better idea of how they will do. My thinking too as far as developing squash landraces, is that it's better to have a lot of seedlings with a few squash on each one than to have a few plants with a lot of squash on each plant. If the plant is able to produce a crop the first year I want to let it, that way I have more options to select for when creating the landrace for the future!
I don't get it. A whale wearing overalls? How does that even work? It's like a tiny ad wearing overalls.
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