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You will need a sturdy stake for them, and tie them to it at intervals with soft twine. There are also many types of sturdy wire or metal supports you can buy to support tomatoes.
should be started indoors, April 15-30, or bought as seedlings. Seedlings can be planted outdoors when the daytime temperature is consistently above 15 Celsius, usually around June 1. Plant seedlings in rows or 6-8 in. (15-20 cm) hills, 4-6 ft. (1.5-2 m) apart for summer, or bush squash and 8-10 ft. (2.5- 3.5 m) apart for winter, or vine squash.
Squash requires a lot of moisture, so regular deep watering and mulching, which will help to retain water and protect the tender vines, is advisable. Harvest summer squash when they are young and tender. Regular harvest of summer squash will increase yields. Winter squash should be harvested after their vines die back or the first frost. After harvest, winter squash should be cured outdoors in the sun or in a warm place indoors for about a week and then stored in a cool dry place.
Watermelon
Watermelon is a vine that enjoys warm soil and occupies a lot of space. Seeds should be started indoors, April 1-10 and seedlings should be planted outdoors when daytime temperatures stay above 15 Celsius, usually around June 1. Watermelon can be planted in rows or mounds 8 in. (20 cm) in diameter and 4-6 ft. (1.5-2 m) apart. It requires regular deep watering and should be mulched for water retention and fed throughout the season.
tip: If you are using bamboo stakes for supports make sure and purchase “cane toppers”. These can be plastic or ceramic, sometimes they are just a ball or a decorative structure. They do not just add decoration, but also protect your eyes when working around the staked plants.
Squash
Squash can be divided into two categories, summer squash, which is eaten when immature, when the skin is soft, and winter squash, which has a hard shell and a long storage life. Squash takes up a considerable amount of space in the garden and takes from 60 to 100 days to mature. Squash requires warm soil to germinate and
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