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WS Gourds?

Culpeper, VA(Zone 7a)

I'm going to try to jump back into growing a few hard-shell gourds this Spring. The conventional wisdom is that squash, pumpkins, gourds, and the like don't like their roots disturbed. I just read a brief bit that stated that they can do just fine and that starting them indoors may help fend off early attack from squash-vine borers and other problems. Has only here WS or Spring sown gourds? What was your experience transplanting them?

I've wondered about putting peat or poo pots in my jugs, filled and surrounded with soil starter so that I don't get that crumbling effect when I want to remove a WS seedling. Anyone done that? Is that a crazy thought?

Columbus, OH

I use flats for winter sowing, but for me in a colder climate, starting squash of any kind is better just indoors, rather than WS. You're in a warmer area, you may do just fine.

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