Growing squash – idle curiosity
Disclaimer: I'm not taking care of these plants, I'm just curious about them. My housemate is trying something called square foot gardening, where she's growing things like a single squash plant or a single tomato plant, each in a 12"x12" container. Okay, we go through this thing every year where she plants a bunch of flowers and swears she's going to take care of them, and then never waters or weeds them even once for the whole summer so I have to do it or my house looks like it's abandoned. This year I said I was really really REALLY not going to water her vegetables for her. (Even though I just watered and weeded her flowers yesterday because they're in the front yard.) I'm a house plant kind of girl and I don't know anything about growing vegetables, and my housemate only learned from a book.The lower leaves on some of the squash plants turn yellow and wilt. I said I thought they needed water because the soil feels dry to me, but she said if the soil is damp an inch down that's enough water. So is that what they're supposed to do? Also, the tomato plants keep wilting, then she waters them and they perk up, and the next day they're wilting again. I would say that's putting too much stress on the plant, if it were one of my indoor plants. But maybe that's good for food-producing plants or something. I'm in zone 4a, very short, hot summers and six months of snow.