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How to PRUNE Summer SQUASH

good morning everybody since Danny from

Deep South homestead we've got a lot of

requests about pruning squash the summer

squash and I thought that I would take

this opportunity it's a nice cool

morning to come out here and to actually

do this because we have some that are

really needing to be pruned and what I

want to do is first of all we're going

to talk about some of the reasons why we

prune one of the first reasons we prune

is so that it can get open air can flow

through it because in our area here we

deal with a lot of humidity problems and

these humidity problems if there's not

good airflow what you end up with is

powdery mildew you begins to form on the

squash and secondly is if the squash are

not open where they can be seen good

then the bees have trouble pollinating

and you end up with squash at the end of

it looks like it's got a blossom in

right it just starts shriveling up

that's because it didn't get pollinated

because it's just too thick in here and

I guess if you want to say where we live

at there's another reason one is is it

when it's extremely windy the wind will

catch these and just start flipping them

if there's too many leaves on them

everywhere so one of the first things we

want to look for in the squash when we

go to prune leaves is leaves that have

an issue on them already

now I don't cut my leaves down close to

the stem of the stalk I cut them back

about four inches from it and a lot of

people go oh I wouldn't do that because

that leaves access to a bug to get in

there but it might but guys it is what

it is if you're gonna have bugs you're

gonna have bugs but why not promote your

squash because the squash even though

it's the summer squash she's actually a

vine and the more of the leaves you take

off that are bad the more of a tendency

it has to want to run you want to keep

your squash picked daily because the

more you pick the more it will bear so

we want to look in here first let's just

take a look right here first of all I

see a leaf right here

see this leaf this Leafs got an issue

it's not a good healthy leaf so that's

the first leaf we want to try to take

out I want to move around here I want to

find the base of it and it goes all the

way back to right here now I don't want

to cut it down here next to the stem

I'll come back about four or five inches

from it and I just take my knife and I

cut it off and I slide that I get that

leaf out of there and move it to the

side I look right here here's another

one down here they're laying on the

ground right here now this is on another

plant right here and I'll come back and

cut it like four or five inches right

there and I'll lay it out to the side

now another reason I cut nine four to

five inches long is because if you leave

long pieces out there it helps to

stabilize the plant if you cut them off

close to the plant then you end up with

no stability on the plant and it just

falls over so that's one thing we don't

want to do and another thing we want to

look for is leaves that cross one

another from plant to plant that

prevents ventilation from coming in here

now trying to find an example here

that'll be easy for you to see here's

one right here these these are all left

over each other in here and see down in

here these they're these leaves serve

absolutely no purpose they're hiding

everything under the plant in here

so what I need to do is find out that

this one here this one here comes all

the way back over to this plant way over

here I need to take this out and get a

little more light in here now here's

another one right here

this leaf serves no purpose back here

it's already been broken by the wind at

one point so we're gonna get rid of it

and we've got this little old bitty leaf

right here we're gonna get rid of it

and here's another one crossed over way

down in here I'm gonna get rid of it we

got one here just laying in the dirt

right here and it comes all the way up

to over to this plant will over here so

I'm gonna cut it off and we'll get it

out

and let's see here we got one land right

here that's laying in the dirt right

here you see I see how this one's

bracing the plant laying right here I'm

gonna cut it way back here because that

way it still got some stability to the

plant and we won't get this leaf here

look how bad looking that leaf is see

that leaf yes it has served no purpose

at all up under there now let's look on

in here just prepares one here and it's

not in good shape let me get a fine get

over here and find out where it goes to

it goes all the way around to the other

side of the plant and we'll cut it off

go get it out of there and you're not

hurting the plant that's one thing you

have to understand you're not hurting

the plant let me look here here's a leaf

here boy this one really don't look good

look at that one see that that doesn't

look good at all so we're gonna see if

we can figure out where that's at there

it is right there we're gonna get it out

here's one let's see here if we can find

something if there's any more right here

here's a leaf here that the wind has

broken so there's no need kids already

broke off on the wind so we're gonna get

it out of there and here is one that

comes way over here this leaf was just

looking for daylight basically it's

laying on the ground up under here look

how long how long that stem is

so here's another one here that's

crossing over I know you're thinking man

you're taking a lot of leaves out but

let me show you something not going to

matter look here now see how much more

open this is these flowers can now come

in the bees can find everything the air

can circulate around through here and we

actually have squash in there that we

didn't know was in there before because

the leaves had them covered up now I'm

gonna move down to another plant here oK

we've moved down one plant and I'll look

right here and I'll see see that in

there

I don't want that I don't like the look

of that in my thing and it's on the

ground so I'm gonna go in here and find

where it goes which right back here I'm

gonna cut that off we're gonna get that

one out of the way and we've got some

right here now this is a prime example

of leaves getting all crossed up you

look right here see how all these leaves

are all crossed here this plant comes

over here this plant comes over here

there's no way air can get up in through

here so I'm gonna take the very bottom

one first if we don't figure out where

is it at and it goes all the way back up

into here see that bottom one it was

looking bad anyway so we need to get

that out of there and then we have

another one coming from this plant over

here which is this one here it's up

under there

we're gonna get rid of it it's criss

crossing over we've got another one

let's see where we at right here this

one's coming out of there

see how these leaves they all look bad

on the ends now we have an open plant

here I see one more leaf here let me get

it out now this one right here

Oh bad leaf now we have a plant that's

open there is another leaf here let me

find it right there that's the one I'm

looking for

got an insect issue in the top of that

leaf right there that's why we want to

get that out of there see how that's

starting in there there's not actually

anything on it but there has been now

look at this plant once we get do these

little bad leaves I don't see how much

more open this is the bees can get in

here now the air can come through it the

Sun can get in here you've got a much

healthier plant when you do this now I'm

gonna show you here's another leaf right

here

see how when you look like that I like

that leaf is served with no purpose it's

on its way out a lot of people's

probably going to ask how often do I

need to do this well every time you come

to the squash patch look at your plants

check and see what they look like

like I prune this one a week ago and I'm

looking and today it really needs it bad

so I'm going to especially spend

probably the next 30 minutes or longer

just going through here making sure I

open these plants back up because a week

ago I had these plants opened up really

clean but in a week's time look what

they've done look how they've grown and

look at these are things we're gonna be

looking for see this here see this here

how the top of this leaf is here I don't

want that see this I don't want that in

my squash here because that could be the

beginning of a problem so that's an

older leaf as telling me so I'm gonna

come down in here and I'm gonna whack it

out look at what I just did see how I

just opened that up the bees can find

everything here's another one right here

now this one turns goes way down in here

and we'll take that out see how big

these leaves are no problems they got a

lot of people go man your squash plants

look so beautiful well they look

beautiful because I take the bad leaves

out you know here's another one down

here I'm gonna get rid of this see that

that don't need to be in there now we've

got see how much more you can see in

that squash now for just from up here

you're able to see it now I'm going to

show you how you can open something up

when you're looking here there's a big

old leaf down in here serves no purpose

up under the bottom in there

it's just feeding the leaf guys were

growing squash we're not growing leaves

now we have to have the leaves for

photosynthesis but we've got to be

really careful about

let's just get this out of there and

look at that now that opens it up where

the bees can find everything the air can

pass around through there see how much

better that looks and it makes it easier

for us to find the squashing the pick

the squash also so I hope this this

portion of a video about prune and

squash has been helpful because we've

been asked by so many people how to

prune squash now I want to mention

something else here the squash is

planted next to the corn squash and corn

or companion plants I did that on

purpose because the corn is tossing the

squash is blooming at exactly the same

time honeybees love corn tussles and

when the honeybees come to my corn toss

holes they also go oh here's squash

flowers they're beautiful the squash

gets pollinated by the honeybees coming

to the corn the corn is on the south

side the squash is on the east side when

the Sun comes up in the morning it hits

the squash it drives the leaves off

really quick and stops the powdery

mildew issues and stuff like that

by the time it gets to be 2 or 3 o'clock

in the evening and the Sun starts going

in toward the west the Sun the corn is

tall now so it's beginning to shade the

squash and the squash is not being hit

by the brutal hot Sun of the evening

that we have and therefore the squash

are being protected by the corn so

there's several reasons why my Gardens

laid out the way it is my gardens are

laid out north and south so that the

East and West Sun affects my gardens in

different ways now behind you here is my

tomato plant there on the east side

that's us for a reason so that the

Morning Sun drives the plants off and we

keep the viruses down but guys I hope

that you understand a little bit better

about squash and why we do what we do

here at Deep South homestead and why we

prune and how we print so leave me some

comments down below if you're something

that you just didn't understand and

maybe I can answer

when I get ready to look at the comments

or maybe you have a technique did you

might want to mention or something that

I didn't bring out that you think might

be important leave it in the comment

below and we'll check them out and maybe

everybody can learn together so thank

you guys from Deep South homestead