After several days of hardening off, I planted out the squash seedlings this morning before work!
Last year, I planted squash in the lower tier of the front wall garden, and had a devil of a time trying to train them up the wall to take advantage of space and sun. This year, I had a brilliant idea: plant them in the middle tier of the front wall garden and just let them just trail down the wall. It seems like it will work; I’m looking forward to when they are grown long enough to test the theory.
Transplanting was more of a challenge than I anticipated, since they’d all grown quite a bit of roots that were pretty tangled. On the advice of The Seed Starter’s Handbook, I didn’t transplant the seedlings into larger containers, since they apparently have large fleshy roots that don’t like being disturbed by the transplanting process. Well, they were pretty disturbed by the planting out process, so we’ll see if I repeat these same steps next year. This afternoon, they were starting to droop in the sun, but I watered them (a second time today) and they perked back up.
Here’s a zoomed-out shot of the front garden with the new baby squashes joining the few-weeks-older heirloom zucchinis (cue ball and eight ball) and some pickling cucumbers, as well as the tomatoes and peppers:
The front wall garden has long been a constant work in progress, with the tomatoes and peppers being the mainstays and everything getting filled in around them. I usually plant basil where the squashes are now, and I’m hoping to plant it between the squashes later this summer. The peppers, in the lower tier, will hopefully be joined by cilantro and green onions, if I get a chance to plant them soon.
Also note the bottle of yuck behind each tomato:
That’s my early summer slow-drip irrigation system, and today I fertilized with worm tea: the drippings from the worm bin diluted down with water. I decided today was the day for some feeding, since we’re due for a stretch of mostly-warm weather after the Jun-uary storms. Hopefully it’ll kickstart some growth soon.