Answer: With vining crops, the general guideline is to thin to just two plants per hill. Hills are spaced 6-10 feet apart for vining types; bush types can be closer at 2-4 feet. Individual pumpkin plants are 36-48 inches apart; cukes 24-48 inches. It's a good idea to plant on the edges of the garden, so vines can sprawl outward. You can also pick up vines and direct them back towards the hill, or grow upwards on trellises. Once the fruit has set, you can pinch back the growing tips to control the spread of the vines. No, it won't hurt if they intertwine. As a matter of fact, it might be hard to stop it!
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