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