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Why would I grow squash on hills?

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I am investigating growing some squash and I frequently read that it should be grown on hills. Why is this, what benefit is it to the plant? Would you recommend growing this way and if so, how do I do it? Do I mound the soil up around the plant or plant seeds into it? A little confused here


Posted by: Angie Hayes (1 point) Angie Hayes
Posted: April 4, 2013




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A hill can refer to a raised mound of soil or the hill can simply mean growing plants in a clump (flat circle) rather than spaced individually along a row. You plant 5 or 6 seeds in the hill to start, and then thin to the best two or three. A raised mound has warmer soil for germination and better drainage. Hills should be spaced about 4 to 6 feet apart for bush types and 8 to 10 feet apart for vining types. Because squash are heavy feeders, planting into hills (raised or flat) allows you to dig in some compost below the hill, essentially spot fertilizing.


Posted by: Charlie B. (84 points) Charlie B.
Posted: April 4, 2013


Angie Hayes commented,
Thanks Charlie
about 6 years ago.



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Hills would be especially beneficial if you live in a cooler moist environment. The hills drain the soil faster, preventing water log and also warm the soil faster in the sun.

If you live in a dryer environment, I wouldn't recommend doing it.

I suppose it would also be helpful if the vines run all over the place, knowing where the plants are originating from (on the hills).


Posted by: Lucy (4 points) Lucy
Posted: April 4, 2013


Wurgulf commented,
Bingo on no hills in the dry areas. I'm growing my squash in pits this year (Albuquerque, NM)
about 6 years ago.

Angie Hayes commented,
Aaaah now it makes sense, thanks for explaining Lucy
about 6 years ago.



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