Attack of the Squash!

I know, it’s been a while…i’ve been building this and got a bit carried away:

A little orchid case- ok, not so little…i’ll get some more shots of that as i move some plants in and hopefully they’ll be happy in their new humid (80%!) home and bloom.

As far as the winter squash is concerned, that was a total surprise.  Earlier this summer, i planted a 5 gallon bucket with some holes drilled in it for drainage.  talk about cutting edge alchemy- plant a plastic bucket, get squash!

Not quite- i filled it with some good fully rotted compost, and planted cucumbers.  This is where the alchemy comes in:

that’s no cucumber!  turns out there was plenty of volunteers from last years compost!  i planted 6 cucumber seeds, and literally 40 plants sprouted.  I had no idea which was which, so i chose 4 and thinned out the rest.  As you can see, the plants are plenty happy: over 25 feet long!

Ended up with butternut and acorn squash.  not quite ready for harvest yet- i’m going by the hardness of the skin and color of the stalk (should be brown and hard).

I really like the buried container method- the blueberries (the large black pots) and their specialized acdic soil have really taken off- already doubled in size in 2 months after transplanting.  i can plant things a lot closer together, especially around the fruit trees, and still get healthy plants and a good crop.  Not to mention not having my yard filled with exposed pots that get overheated in the DC summer sun.


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Urban gardening at it's best (sometimes it's worst)! Adventures and learnings from going 100% lawn free in a D.C. row house.
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One Response to Attack of the Squash!

  1. Now *that’s* the way to go!

    I just got a garden plot this year and grew some plants in pots rather than directly in the ground–hops, sweet potato, mint. I didn’t want to have to combat with them forever and ever, I wanted them contained. Next year, I might go your route and even bury the pots so I won’t have that summer heat/pot drought issue all the time!

    Also, I need a case like yours for my orchids. I only got 5 mini ones at the orchid show last weekend, but that’s double what I used to have!

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