1 week ago
Do your summer squash (aka. zucchini) takeover your garden every year? There is a better way! . Pruning is one of the keys to keeping our squash patch healthy, productive, and under control for a long harvest season. In fact, we’ve observed that regular pruning prevents our blossom end rot and powdery mildew problems almost entirely, as long as the soil is healthy and we maintain a steady watering schedule. We’ve been harvesting these since June and they are still producing now in September, albeit much more slowly on account of the cool temperatures. This is a great time to show the end result because you can now see the long spine that you end up with after a season of pruning. . Here are the basics. We plant our summer squash 2 feet apart and prune them all to one central stem. This is simple at first, but eventually the plants will need space to wander a bit so we lead them all in the same direction to keep them from crowding each other. In the video you can see a bit of the spines of the neighbouring plants, which have been trained and pruned in the same way. I generally prune up to the last ripening fruit and make sure to leave at least a dozen leaves at the growth tip, and those rules of thumb have been working well. . . Share this tip with your gardening buddy and be sure to give it a try next season. It might feel difficult to hack up your squash at first, but once you get past that it feels so good to regain control of your garden! . Join our growing community by following @vegetableacademy.