Vegetables and Fruit forum: New member, Southern PA squash planting questions

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Name: Trevor
Southern PA (Zone 6a)
sopasw
Aug 10, 2017 10:28 AM CST
Hello, new member here. Trying to find good info on winter squash. I live in Southern PA, and best I can tell, it's about the right time to start these. Problem is I am only able to do container. Now, they should be fine in the large container, but is there anything I should watch out for? This would be the first time I've done squash. I don't think I'll need to worry about bottom rot, since obviously the fruits won't be sitting on the ground as it grows. Or would there be a better exact time to plant? This will not be from seed, but from young plant from a local nursery. Thanks for info.
Name: Dillard Haley
Augusta Georgia (Zone 8a)
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farmerdill
Aug 10, 2017 11:21 AM CST
You are probably pushing the envelope for winter squash in PA. Even from plants the earliest for ripe squash would be late October and this would have to be an early variety like an Acorn type. A Bush type would will probably be more manageable in a container.
Name: Trevor
Southern PA (Zone 6a)
sopasw
Aug 10, 2017 12:31 PM CST
That is what I was afraid of. Now, we don't normally get our first frost untll mid November sometime. I wonder if I should give it a go just in case. I'd like to have some for the winter season for soups and whatnot.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 10, 2017 3:32 PM CST
Trevor : Howday !
I'm in the midile of zone 8 @ 9. Just planted today ! Some winter squash, seedlings, that i started inside. I'm kind of pushing envelope. I'm hopeing for mild fall. Thumbs up
But, what do i got to lose ? A few squash plants ! Shrug! !

It's the cool fall nites, not the frost, that really gets them.

Go for it, dude !!!

With some short maturing squash.

A few small ones !!! Is, better than none !!! Thumbs up
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Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Trevor
Southern PA (Zone 6a)
sopasw
Aug 11, 2017 4:55 AM CST
That's what I was thinking. Give it a go.
Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Aug 13, 2017 7:04 PM CST
Be sure to have full sun, since days are shorter, and tree shadows are lengthening. This seems quite late to try. Let us know!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Sep 9, 2017 5:37 PM CST
Trevor, how are your squash doing? If you put your container on something that you can move, like a wagon, you can roll it into the garage at night or some place when the colder weather starts. Then take it out into the sun during the days. Smiling
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Name: Sally
central Maryland
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sallyg
Sep 11, 2017 10:12 AM CST
Unfortunately, this project could be a lot of work, and at the same time, butternut squash is coming to markets at sale prices... buy them on sale and they store well thru winter.
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