Here in Zone 7 we can prolong our summer squash season with a second planting. By the time the first crop is worn out, the second crop is producing nicely. You do love squash, don’t you?
This second crop is a super idea except for one problem. The seedlings of the second planting go into the garden in July. If you live in Zone 7, you know how hot it can be. This season it appears that we are breaking 100 most of the days this month. Steamy hot!
My seedlings went into the garden on July 7 and are doing quite well due to a little trick I learned from Oscar Hardcastle, my brother’s father-in-law and a great garden guru.
Here’s what I learned:
Your seedlings will harden off and adapt to their surroundings. They may need a little extra water for a couple of weeks while the roots spread. Then you will have a fresh stand of summer squash ready to spread and reward you until the first heavy freeze.
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