I am putting out Watermelon, Squash ( Butternut & Acorn), pumpkin ( small
cooking & large decorative ) and of course cucumbers. I seem to recall my
mother telling me that I should never plant something next to something else
but alas, the little grey cells are not what they used to be...
Ron H. in West Central Wisconsin
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I just pulled up all the spinach in the garden, bagged it, and threw it in
the freezer. In its place, I put watermelon. Location is between tomatoes
and jalapeno peppers. Gimme a chart for this combo.
Short answer is that the seed you just planted already contains the DNA
hard-wiring for this year's crop. A pumpkin will just be a pumpkin no
matter what it is planted next to. However, if you plant it close to
another vegetable that can cross-pollinate with it, the seeds *from the
cross-pollination* will no longer be a pumpkin. If you save and plant
them next year, you will get some hybrid off-spring that probably won't
make you too happy.
Here's a thread that goes into some of the aspects of cross-pollination:
Supposed I save some seed from this years watermelon crop. Am I gonna have
waterpenos or tomamelons as jalapenos and tomatoes planted either side of
the watermelons? Spicy water melons and rich, acidy melons. Anything goes
with beer, I guess.
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