What are the pros? Incredible yields, loves heat
What are the cons? Space intensive, heavy feeder
I made a new raised bed filled with lots of loose, dark amended compost, and gently planted two small NGCR starts (I don't direct seed anymore, our springs have become too unpredictable). Then, we had one very hot, fairly wet summer - and between the heat, rich warm soil and a lot of very good liquid organic fertilizer, these plants absolutely *exploded* and took over the garden. I kept expecting something to go wrong! Critters ate most of the buttercups and delicata; squash bugs killed my Hubbards last year - but I really lucked out. Well, sort of: because the vines traveled everywhere, and are very prickly, and my skin reacts badly to squash stems, I could not weed most of that garden all summer! But I kept feeding them, put cardboard under the developing fruits, and harvested >20 squash per plant from 4lbs to 15lbs. Truly unbelievable for New England. Neighbors can't believe I have over 200lbs of squash from a suburban plot. These are vigorous plants when everything goes right.
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