Every year I would try a new winter squash variety that was supposed to be compact and every year it took up more room than I allotted for it. I finally decided to trellis the vines, but they don’t like to stay put. When I turn my back, for just a second, the vine reaches out and grabs hold of the hydrangea planted on the other side of the fence. Squash vines are not easy to un-twine, trust me.
So I asked a fellow gardener and squash enthusiast if he ever prunes his vines. He laughed at me, because he has way too many vines to be that particular about them. But he also assured me that it is very hard to kill a squash vine with pruning. Since winter squash can only reasonably be asked to carry 4 – 6 fruits each, once they set those fruits, he said it’s fine to trim away the excess.
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