Kalabasa or squash (Cucurbita moschata Duch) is a delicious vegetable that is very interesting to farm. With the many vitamins contained in this vegetable, there are many people who consider cultivating it. So, if you also want to be supplied with such a nutritional form of vegetable knowing about the ways to start kalabasa farming is a good idea.
Kalabasa farming is an interesting activity to engage in. It will provide you supply of nutritional vegetables and at the same time will give you an enjoyable way to spend your leisure time.
Things You Need To Know About Kalabasa
Kalabasa is a creeping, trailing and vine crop producing fruits, which is also known to be one of the tastiest vegetables. This vegetable is most typically and frequently grown among the types of cucurbits because of the rich Vitamin A source. It also contains calcium and phosphorous. The tender and young shoots produce tasty vegetable salad. This vegetable is great for “ginataan”. It also offers a lot of nutritional benefits, which encourage many people from cultivating it.
Traditionally, squash are planted in hills around two to three plants, with a number of feet between those hills. Usually, growing squash have siblings. There are some winter squash that actually grow better with one or two other plants every foot or more away than when they are separately planted. There are a number ways you can do on kalabasa farming. These ways include planting squash plants and direct seed sowing. If you are directly planting squash seed in the ground, you need to sow the seeds (15 to 20 cm) apart and one inch (2.5cm) deep. When you plant it in hills, you will need to plant it spaced in 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.6m) apart.
While planting squash plants, make sure not to waste your money and time planting gangling plants, which are already flowering and growing inside the pots. Squash seedlings which are already producing multiple flowers inside small pots will grow into underdeveloped plants and form small yields.
Best Time to Plant Kalabasa
If you choose to plant squash seedlings, you should know of the best time to plant them. The finest stage to plant squash seedlings is right after they have developed the initial set of true leaves, yet before they have developed the second. When you are planting squash seedlings, you have to try avoiding disturbing their roots while transplanting the seedlings. This form of vegetables might take longer to be developed if transplanting disturbs the roots excessively. Just like other forms of cucurbits, squash contains relatively shallow, broad, yet lengthy root system. Since the majority of its rooting system is within the initial (30cm) 12 inch of soil, mulching is crucial, particularly during hot climates. You may apply a 2 to 4 inch (5 to 10cm) mulch layer after you have planted them.