squash root rot - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by weinberg69
June 21, 2010
b'ham,al,zone 8- I have a 3'x8'x16

Answer from NGA
June 21, 2010
I'm not sure why the bed is not draining well. Is it possible your topsoil is more clay than anything else? If so, amending the bed with organic matter will help loosen the soil and help it drain well. You can start by spreading 3-4 inches of compost, aged manure or other organic matter over the soil between the existing plants and digging it in as deeply as possible. As you remove plants, dig organic matter into the areas before replanting. Eventually you'll be able to amend the entire bed and I think you'll see an improvement with the drainage. Repeat this next spring before planting the bed and over the years you'll have improved the soil enough that you'll have rich garden loam. It's still early enough in the season to replant squash. Or, you can plant peppers, okra or tomatoes in the places where you remove the squash plants. Good luck with your garden.

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