Planting on Hills - Knowledgebase Question

Belen, NM
Question by gmckenzie
April 20, 1998
!Why do you recommend planting pumpkins, zucchinis, squash on hilled soil? What are the benefits? What if you don't hill the soil?


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Answer from NGA
April 20, 1998

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These crops were traditionally grown in hills by Native American tribes. Hilled soil warms and drains more quickly in the spring, and gives roots loose soil to grow in. However, if you're in the more arid region of New Mexico, you may find it beneficial to actually create depressions in which to plant your crops, and hill soil in ridges around the depressions (a planting technique of the Anasazi). This catches and retains rainwater, and creates a windbreak to protect seedlings. Hope this helps!

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