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pumkins & squash

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Can you plant pumpkin and squash together or should there be something separating them to stop cross pollination? Also what is the best fertilizer to use for them?


Answer

Pumpkins and other squash will pollinate one another, close plantings may result in some interesting hybrids. One way around cross pollinating is to pollinate the flowers by hand. Because of the over use of pesticides the honey bee population is in poor shape so for a high yield hand pollination maybe necessary. Pumpkins are heavy feeders, they prefer a very rich soil, with plenty of compost and manure. Fertilize on a regular basis. Use a high nitrogen formula to begin with then switch to a fertilizer high in Phosphorous just before the blooming period.


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