Butternut squash on trellis_1

Butternut squash on trellis

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louise - November 17, 2013 Reply

Hi Debra…. from a Florida gardener-.so if i understand you here with butternut squash–only two plants per 16 feet-one unit-(sfg) one on each side–is all i will need—i planted 7 hills inside my 4 by 4( they are just coming up)—should i thin out to only one plant each side of trelis—i would love to have them climb up instead of all over the ground(and garden pathway)–i just love your ideas!

    Debra - November 17, 2013 Reply

    Hi, Louise! Yes, I would usually recommend only 2 butternut squash plants per 4′ x 4′ garden bed – one up each trellis. A small garden bed growing large vining plants can have two trellises – one on the north side, and one on the south. I have grown as many as 4 plants per bed (2 per trellis), but the squash fruit turned out smaller when the plants were crowded this much, and I didn’t harvest any more pounds of squash per bed.

    I would gradually thin the plants during the first 2-3 weeks after they germinate. If you have more than one bed, feel free to experiment! What works best in my garden may not be the best option for other locations.

    I’m glad you enjoy this website! Best wishes with your garden… ~ Debra

Flavia Hoefler - May 31, 2016 Reply

Would you be willing to share the construction details of your trellis, including pictures that cover your instructions? I struggle with trellises. It would be so helpful for me. Thank you

    Debra - June 9, 2016 Reply

    I’ll look into creating a free mini video course with the details.

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