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Starting a new bed with squash

DaniDani Posts: 27 ✭✭✭

I guess you could say I'm a lazy gardener as I will always choose the easier of effective methods. So when I increase my garden I use cardboard, mostly because my husband can always get some from work, it keeps it out of a land fill and all I have to do if rip off the tape and labels. When I do this I don't have the patience to wait a whole year before I can use it, so I dump mounds of dirt about every 5 feet and plant squash. When the soil is the right mix it feeds the squash enough and breaks down the cardboard under it pretty quick.

I live in a pretty high wind zone so I have to use some additional weights until the squash vines take over. Straw is great too because it will all stay together for the next season when I can really work the soil. So this year we get some extra edible squash plus a bunch of carving pumpkins just for fun (and seeds, yum)

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  • vickeymvickeym Posts: 331 ✭✭✭

    I used cardboard under a growing bed for the first time this year. Was just running out of time and needed a space to transplant some raspberry bushes but did not have anything cleared in the area I wanted them in. I laid down cardboard, put a raised bed frame over it and filled it with a mixture of composted chicken manure and topsoil. Planted into that. Will see how it goes. Hoping it breaks down well in our climate. I am zone 3b in Alaska so not a long hot summer to break it down. We can get pretty hot but it is a short season.

  • JohnJohn Posts: 66 ✭✭✭

    Great post-I love growing squash and will have to try this next season. :)

  • COWLOVINGIRLCOWLOVINGIRL Posts: 203 ✭✭✭

    sounds great Dani! I think we are all lazy gardeners to a degree.

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