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Start Squash and Pumpkin Plants Now

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May 7, 2015

Starting squash and pumpkin plants a few weeks ahead of the last spring frost can give plants a jump on the season - and on pests, such as the cucumber beetle. Set transplants in the garden around the end of May - carefully, since they don't like to have their roots disturbed. Water them in and cover them with row cover until they flower. By then the plants should be large enough to resist cucumber beetles. Remove row covers so that bees can pollinate the flowers.

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