2016 Pumpkin and Squash
- Published: Friday, 23 September 2016 21:16
- Written by David DeCiero
The pumpkin and squash experiment did not do well. I started 8 squash plants of the Metro PMR (Powdery Mildew Resistance) variety and decided to do pumpkin from seed. After 1 week, the squash seedlings had been eaten and the same on the pumpkins that had sprouted. It turned out to be a groundhog. I set a live trap and caught two groundhogs. This appears to have solved the problem as the next set of seeds I planted (which is probably going to end up being too late) has grown tremendously with only a couple nibbles here and there. In the meantime, I have set up an electric fence (which was being unused by my brother) with 3 strands. One is 4” off the ground and the next is 8” in order to ward off any future groundhog incursions. Again, this year did not go well, but I am hopeful for next year. The potatoes, onions and beans did do well over there, so I will have to think of a new set of crops that will work there.