May 15, 2020
General Seed Starting Tips,
Vegetable Gardening Tips
Starting & Growing Cucurbits
Here are some tips for growing Cucurbit vine crops such as cucumbers, squash, melons, and watermelons in Oregon and similar temperate climates.
Just wanted to correct a statement made in the video. Pumpkins are native to our western hemisphere. Watermelon on the other hand did originate in Africa.
I started my curcubits indoors. Should I wait for soil temps of 68 to transplant them into the ground? Thanks!
Marigolds helps keep them pest at Bay also
I was hoping to hear something about cucurbit culture. I am starting to plant starts and seeds – mostly winter squash – and wonder what to add to the soil. The soil I have is nice stuff I purchased for my raised beds, but it has no fertilizer in it.
Hi Don, thanks for your video. Regarding the floating row cover, do you need to suspend it above your growing transplants, or can you simply lay the material directly onto the plants?
Thank you. Very helpul. I love what you all are doing. Blessings :)
Hi, I am a backyard gardener in raised beds in Medford. This is my third year to garden here. First I do rotate what I grow in my beds, but have not been able to skip more than one year before a similar plant family will end up in the same bed. That being said, I am writing to you about cucumbers. I raised my own seedlings, in 6 inch pots. They grew to have 4 to 6 leaves. I hardened them off, and transplanted them into a bed that had carrots last year on May 7th. Within 3 days, they started to wilt. I couldn’t see any insects on the undersides, I dug down into the soil, and saw some tiny white worm like insects and some gray centipede like worms. I tried spraying a been oil concoction on the plants and soil. Within 5 days, all the plants were dead. The stems had been hollowed out. Also in the same bed, I had planted marigolds. All of their leaves were stripped. So now I’m on the war path. I applied diatomaceous earth dust working it into the soil down 6 inches, and sprinkling it onto the top. I bought more cucumber seedlings, and will wait about a week before I try transplanting again. So, what are those crawling insects that are in the soil? And did I do the right action? I hated to use the dust because it will kill the good bugs and earthworms too, but I was at my end. Thanks so much for any advice.
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