The Q&A Archives: Water For Summer & Winter Squash

Question: Do the summer and winter squash require much water...if not what would be the right amount to use?

Answer: Most vegetables require fairly consistent soil moisture. Since there is so much variation in soil types, water pressures, and weather conditions, it's impossible to give a correct amount. It's best to water slowly and deeply, to keep the soil moist to a depth of about one foot for mature vegetables. (For young seedlings, the depth is about 1-2 inches, gradually increasing as the plants grow.) Frequent light "sprinklings" that just moisten the top soil can cause an accumulation of salts, which is harmful to the plant roots. Poke a sharp stick or metal rod in the soil. It will move easily through moist soil and stop at dry, hard soil, so you can tell how deep your watering is reaching. Also, a 2-3 inch layer of mulch will help prevent your soil from drying out so quickly and will also maintain cooler soil temperatures. I hope this info helps!

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