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A question from a Newbie

Postby Mervyn » May 25, 2008 3:03 pm

First off, Hi :)

I'm relatively new to gardening, and I have a question I've never found a satisfactory answer too.

Plants such as mellons and squash, they always recomend to plant them on hills , and the few times I've planted them, I dutifully make a little hill for them.

My question is, Why ? what is the purpose of the hill ? Is it to help the root structure in some way ? the vines themselves ? or both ?
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Hills are good

Postby DMG » May 25, 2008 3:07 pm

I heard that the plants roots like to be kept warm and by hilling ( ie with potatoes, melons) the hills allows more sun penetration for warmth. Its a theory passed on to me. Cant be sure. DMG
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Re: A question from a Newbie

Postby MareE » May 25, 2008 6:08 pm

Hi and welcome, Mervyn! What DMG sez is how I know it, too. The hilling effects a longer growing season for heat-loving melons and squash and spuds.


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