In the kids’ square foot gardens, they are going to have quite a few vining crops. In just the bed for H., there will be Watermelon, Zucchini, Jackolantern and Gourds. Of course I realize that these vines won’t stay in their 4-square-foot space for the next 3 or 4 months, but I will try to keep them in the bed for as long as possible by turning the growing end.
Without looking it up, I couldn’t say for sure why these things are planted in hills. I expect it is because the hill of dirt will warm up quickly in the morning sun and also drain especially well. These are warm loving crops, which is why I will probably have to replant them all.
These pictures were taken last Sunday when we put the seeds in the ground. Today and tomorrow the overnight low temperatures are right around freezing. That will probably kill the just-emerged seedlings from last weekend’s direct-seeded planting. Oh well, I have more time and more seeds. I can’t be upset about a tiny setback like that.