Joseph Lofthouse wrote:Squash naturally grow in clumps.
They are very susceptible to root damage transplant shock while transplanting, so the less you fuss with them the better.
The traditional way to grow squash in this area was 5 to 10 seeds direct seeded in a clump.
For these reasons, I highly recommend planting them as a clump, and not separating them.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:If you had a heated green house and grew indiscriminate varieties, they would be perennial growers.
Love the idea of rooting cuttings too.
Good post Jay
Amanda Launchbury-Rainey wrote:I found this very interesting. When you cut the plant into 4-6 pieces do you have to include a node somewhere or just a length of stem. Could you post a pic of you doing that or even make a video for amateurs like me?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:I've always planted my corn seeds about 1/2 inch deeper than the package says to, we get lots of sun and heat with high humidity (I also usually do the "native way of planting a fish first then plant the corn seeds, 3 -4 seeds per fish), this makes the corn plant roots start off deeper in the soil and the fish provides the nutrients for the heavy feeding corn.
Lorinne Anderson wrote:Trimming up lower branches of dead trees may be simpler, safer and better encourage wildlife diversity.
If the standing trees in the pond are removed, the remaining stumps could be a serious hazard, down the road, for boating/snowmobiling, not to mention the danger of removing them (chainsaw+boat???). Further, the dead trees provide "cover" and nesting sites for a multitude of wildlife both flora and fauna.
I suggest the safer alternative would be a pole trimmer to strategically remove lower branches that are in danger of obstructing your view. The pond itself would be healthier and the wider amount of wildlife attracted the better the hunting should be.